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Law firms have duty to investigate before debt collection, Md. appeals court says

Law firms engaged in debt collection have a duty under Maryland consumer protection laws to investigate a debtor’s claim that the money is not owed before pursuing collection efforts, Maryland’s second highest court ruled last week in enabling a widow ...

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Consumer protection law covers debt collectors’ payment request, Md. high court says

Maryland law protects debtors not only against debt collectors who resort to harassment but also those who knowingly or recklessly seek amounts or interest rates beyond that permitted by statute or court decision, the state’s top court ruled Friday in ...

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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