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July 13, 2021Updated 

July 14, 2021, 1:15 a.m. ET

July 14, 2021, 1:15 a.m. ETGov. Larry Hogan with Maryland’s labor secretary, Tiffany Robinson, in Annapolis last year.Credit…Susan Walsh/Associated Press

A state judge on Thursday blocked a move by Maryland officials to cut off federal pandemic unemployment benefits two months before they were scheduled to expire.

Judge Lawrence P. Fletcher-Hill of the Circuit Court for Baltimore City granted a preliminary injunction in a case challenging the decision by Gov. Larry Hogan, a Republican, to discontinue the benefits beginning July 3. The judge ordered the state to “immediately take all actions necessary to ensure that Maryland residents continue to receive any and all expanded and/or supplemental unemployment benefits.”

The Maryland Department of Labor did not respond to a request for comment on whether it would appeal the injunction, which is to remain in place until the case…

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