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Frosh panel seeks right to counsel in evictions, end to body attachments

Baltimore City Solicitor Andre Davis (File photo)

A task force created by Maryland’s attorney general urged the General Assembly Monday to provide a right to counsel for low-income tenants in eviction proceedings and outlaw the courts’ statutory authority to order the arrest and possible jailing of people ...

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Md. Legal Services reports nearly $7M drop, cites pandemic

While a filing fee surcharge that accounts for 80 percent Maryland Legal Services Corp.’s revenue does not sunset until next year, the organization is planning this General Assembly session to make the surcharge permanent. ‘We know this dramatic loss of funding is imminent and want to be proactive,’ Executive Director Susan M. Erlichman says. ‘The crisis is headed our way and there is no need to wait until it’s at the door.’

Maryland’s chief provider of grants to groups offering free legal aid to low-income residents faces a nearly $7 million pandemic-driven shortfall, the executive director of the Maryland Legal Services Corp. said Thursday. To recover the losses, MLSC will try to ...

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High court limits breadth of lawyers’ CPA exemption

xx Judge Brynja Booth. (The Daily Record / Bryan P. Sears)

ANNAPOLIS – Saying clients are essentially their attorneys’ bosses, Maryland’s top court ruled last week that clients can be held liable under the state’s Consumer Protection Act for their lawyers’ actions, even when the CPA’s “professional service” exception might shield ...

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Lawsuit claims Maryland firm violated debt collection law

U.S. District Court Greenbelt

A Mechanicsville man filed a potential class action lawsuit against a St. Mary’s County law firm Tuesday claiming the firm violated federal debt collection laws in communications to consumers. The lawsuit, filed in U.S. District Court in Greenbelt, alleges Dugan, McKissick & ...

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High court weighs breadth of lawyers’ CPA exemption

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ANNAPOLIS – An attorney for a debt-collecting law firm told a seemingly skeptical Maryland high court Monday that creditors seeking delinquent payments cannot be held liable under the state’s Consumer Protection Act for the debt-collection actions of their lawyers. Timothy ...

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Md. high court opens term, will hear tax, debt-collection cases

The Court of Appeals builiding in Annapolis. MF-D 9/20/04.

Maryland’s top court on Thursday opens the public sessions of its 2019-2020 term, during which it will consider among its approximately 75 appeals whether the state’s remedy for an unconstitutional tax it imposed on out-of-state income is similarly unconstitutional. During ...

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Md. law gives debtors private right of action, high court says

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Alleged victims of unlicensed or unruly debt collectors can pursue lawsuits against them and need not rely on state regulators to vindicate their rights, Maryland’s top court unanimously ruled Monday. The Maryland Consumer Debt Collection Act (MCDCA) and the Maryland ...

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High court will weigh lawyers’ exemption in debt collection

The Court of Appeals builiding in Annapolis. MF-D 9/20/04.

ANNAPOLIS – Maryland’s top court will consider whether creditors seeking delinquent payments can be held liable under the state’s Consumer Protection Act for the debt-collection actions of their attorneys when lawyers are exempt from liability under the CPA. The Court ...

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Homeowners allege debt collectors are violating statute of limitations law

Leaning foreclosure sign in front of a modern single family home on a cloudy cold day

A group of homeowners filed a complaint last week alleging a debt collector is violating a recent Maryland law by bringing foreclosure actions on debts that are more than three years old. The filing was made as a counter claim ...

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Lawsuit alleges unlicensed bail bond company filed, collected judgments

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A proposed class-action suit filed in Baltimore Tuesday seeks to collect damages against a bail bond company and its agents whom the plaintiffs say used Maryland courts to obtain judgments under an unlicensed trade name. The suit names 4 Aces Bail ...

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