Fee Shifting

Fee shifting statues are laws that allow a consumer’s legal fees paid by a business that wrongs the consumer.  Fee-shifting is only available under certain circumstances, but when it is available, it is a powerful tool allowing for legal representation, often without cost to the client, in cases vindicating important rights.  Typically, if a fee-shifting statue applies, a lawyer will represent the client and only require a small or no payment from the client; the lawyer will either be paid when the case is successfully resolved, or will go without fees if the case is unsuccessful.

If you have been wronged by a business in one of they ways listed below, you may have a strong fee-shifting case.  Please fill out the contact form at the bottom of the page and we will contact you about your matter.

Landlord/Tenant:

  • Illegal Lockout (landlord changes locks or illegally evicts you without following the proper rules).
  • Landlord Shuts Off Utilities (landlord purposefully shuts off power, water or heating in cooling to try to get you to move or punish you).
  • Security Deposit Disputes (landlord refuses to return security deposit within 45 days without providing required notice).

Auto Fraud:

  • Wrongful Repossessions (auto dealer or financing company wrongfully repossesses your vehicle).
  • Dealer Claims Financing Fell Through And You Have to Bring Car Back (an auto dealer sells you a vehicle but does not comply with the law requiring them to disclose if financing is still contingent, and then tries to either get the vehicle back or change the terms of the financing to worse terms).

Debt Collection Violations:

  • Debt Collector Threats or Harassment (debt collectors threatening jail, discussing your debts with your employer or family, or making unreasonable numbers of calls).
  • Debt Collection Calls to Cell Phone or Texts Without Permission (“robo-calls” to your cell phone or texts, without prior permission).
  • Other Debt Collection Violations.

Various Other Consumer Protection Violations:

  • The Consumer Protection Act applies to various other unfair or deceptive practices by businesses.

If you have been victimized by any of these practices in Maryland, please fill out the contact form below and we will contact you about your matter.