Aug 21, 2017

We were all once young and foolish — but law school at 18?!

Today is Monday, the 58th anniversary of Hawaii‘s statehood. Here are some news items to get your week started. — He was a teenage law-school student. — Drug scandal alters lawsuit between California universities. — Milwaukee calls controversial landlord a public nuisance in lawsuit. — This private Texas attorney goes after colleagues who exploit immigrants.

Jun 11, 2015

Lawsuit alleges utility fees violate Pickwick leases

Tenants of a Northwest Baltimore apartment complex have filed a potential class-action lawsuit against their landlord, alleging they have been assessed three times the amount of utilities fees than spelled out in their lease agreements. Pickwick Apartments also uses “vastly different and highly unfair formulas” to prorate the utility charges, giving discounts to units with […]

Jun 4, 2014

Office tenants seek to set aside $8M verdict

The former tenant of a Rockville office building has asked a judge to throw out more than $8 million in compensatory and punitive damages it was ordered to pay its former landlord for allegedly forcing the landlord into foreclosure — twice — because of unpaid rent.

Feb 2, 2014

Spying landlord hit with $1M verdict

A Montgomery County Circuit Court jury has found a Chevy Chase man liable for more than $1 million in damages for using a hidden camera to spy on a former tenant and her then-boyfriend.

Dec 16, 2013

Landlord sues his own experts for losing evidence

The children of Louise Lewis settled their wrongful death lawsuit against her landlord last year for $125,000. Now the landlord is seeking to recoup that money from an unusual source: two expert witnesses hired by his defense, who allegedly lost evidence that could have helped him prove he was not liable for the fatal apartment fire.

Dec 15, 2013

Peeping landlord faces suits

A Montgomery County lawyer has been denied a request to remove an attachment placed on his home as part of civil lawsuits stemming from his installing hidden cameras in bedrooms rented out to female tenants.

Oct 15, 2013

Lawyer to get day in court against his longtime landlord

Stephen H. Sacks was discussing his motion to revise a pretrial order in his lawsuit over his apartment lease, scheduled for trial Tuesday morning, when a courier entered the courtroom and handed Sacks a blue-and-red striped box.

Sep 7, 2012

Make sure it’s all in a contract

Our story begins with an adventure many of you have probably enjoyed – looking for office space.

Aug 24, 2012

On pro se litigants

Our system is not perfect, but it is unbelievably impressive in many ways. This, I think, is one of them. ...

Aug 15, 2012

Dog-bite liability bill fails in special session

ANNAPOLIS — A measure that Maryland lawmakers hoped would address liability concerns relating to a court ruling on dog bites by pit bulls died Wednesday morning in the General Assembly’s special session on gambling. The House of Delegates and Senate could not reconcile differences between the two chambers. Lawmakers wanted to change the law to […]

Apr 13, 2012

One road to entrepreneurship that started in the Virgin Islands

The journey of entrepreneurship began for us in February 2005 while sitting on the beach in the Virgin Islands. (Over the years, we have found that we always do our best strategic thinking on vacation.) I had been freelancing some marketing work on the side, and the discussion from my husband began with something like, […]

May 4, 2011

Court asked to reopen 19-year-old lead-paint poisoning case

ANNAPOLIS — A lawyer for an alleged lead-paint poisoning victim in Baltimore urged a sympathetic but seemingly unsupportive appellate court Wednesday to reopen his client’s negligence claim against his childhood landlords — a lawsuit that ended in the defendants’ favor more than 13 years ago. Ronnell Doughty, then age 7, lost his claim against landlords […]

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