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Maryland Court of Appeals Decision Affects Pit Bull Owners and Property Owners

The Maryland Court of Appeals recent decision of, Tracey v. Solesky (No. 53, September Term 2012) holding owners of Pit Bulls to a strict liability standard has created great controversy.

If you are a pit bull owner, or you have a tenant who owns a pit bull, you will want to read carefully the opinion of Maryland’s highest court – there is a summary of the ruling on the first page of the case -…


Added by Jeffrey Scholnick on May 31, 2012 at 1:40pm — No Comments

Maryland Lawyer Business Tips: Window Closing on Great Tax Credit Opportunity for Businesses


The “Vow to Hire Heroes Act of 2011” enacted last year is a program that offers special tax incentives to companies who hire veterans.

The program is a tremendous two-for-one that helps both veterans and companies satisfy needs in the work place. Military veterans are a highly skilled workforce that is often overlooked in job…


Added by Jeffrey Scholnick on May 8, 2012 at 2:37pm — No Comments

Devious Debt Collectors Attack Vulnerable Debtors

Fake Debt Collectors Attack MarylandAs if having to deal with third party debt collectors is not enough, see the link from an article in the Baltimore Sun today about fake debt collectors.  Now you have to check out the debt collectors before you make a payment.  Here are some ways to protect yourself:  

1.  Call or email the Maryland Attorney General's…


Added by Jeffrey Scholnick on February 28, 2012 at 9:30am — No Comments

Peter Angelos, Billy Murphy file Facebook class action suit

Peter Angelos, Billy Murphy file suit against Facebook

While some people complain that they are too old to understand computers, Peter Angelos & Billy Murphy remain "cutting edge" litigators. In announcing that they have filed a class action lawsuit against Facebook in California, Angelos & Murphy have…


Added by Jeffrey Scholnick on February 23, 2012 at 1:46pm — No Comments

Article about the Law Offices of Jeffrey Scholnick on

Article written by Tyler Waldman of about part of my Spanish4Lawyers initiative.

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Added by Jeffrey Scholnick on February 15, 2012 at 11:29am — No Comments

Translating Social Security Lingo

It’s no surprise that applicants for Social Security disability benefits typically have more questions than understanding of the process at the beginning. I would too.

The process consists of a language of its own complete with unusual slang and rules. The manner in which a Social Security claim will be judged is dependent on several different classifications. The following is an introduction to some of the lingo.

Social Security classifies work as sedentary, light, medium and…


Added by Jeffrey Scholnick on February 15, 2012 at 11:27am — No Comments

The Importance of Showing Up

The Importance of Just Showing Up – Why You Should ALWAYS Go to Court When You Are Sued

Every week I receive a phone call from a present or prior client who is being sued by a creditor or a company who purchased the debt. “Should I go to Court or am I just wasting my time?” is the question that I am routinely asked.

My answer every time is the same “Yes, definitely go to court!”

Woody Allen is attributed with having said “Ninety per cent of life is just…


Added by Jeffrey Scholnick on January 4, 2012 at 1:46pm — No Comments

Here's something for Criminal Attorneys- A Waiver of Rights in a NG- Agreed Statement of Facts in English & SPANISH

I don't know about you, but I always feel a little vulnerable at the beginning of a criminal case when a Court Interpreter translates my qualification of a client's rights that he/she is waiving, if we are proceeding on a Not Guilty Agreed Statement of Facts.  I try to listen real hard and act like I know what the interpreter is saying, but frankly, I don't have a clue.  What is worse is that the Judge and prosecutor have no idea either.  I have tremendous respect for our interpreters, but,…


Added by Jeffrey Scholnick on November 29, 2011 at 10:00pm — No Comments

Spanish for Lawyers- How do you say in Spanish “Were you the driver, passenger or pedestrian?”

This is a continuation of posts to help lawyers communicate better with their Spanish speaking clients.  In the last few posts, we have been asking questions in Spanish in order to interview a new client in a personal injury case.  One obvious question that will teach us a few new words is “In the accident were you a driver, passenger or a pedestrian?”

The Spanish translation is “En el accidente, fue usted el conductor, pasajero o peatonal (or peatón).”

Let’s dissect this…


Added by Jeffrey Scholnick on November 16, 2011 at 10:56am — No Comments

If you have been sued by LVNV Funding LLC, Resurgent Capital Services, Alegis Group, Sherman Acquisition, Sherman Funding or Sherman Financial Group, your case may have been dismissed!!!

Chief Judge Ben C. Clyburn of the District Court of Maryland signed an order on October 26, 2011 staying the cases filed by the the above companies for violations of the Maryland Collections Agency Licensing Act and the Maryland Consumer Debt Collection Act.  So, if you have been sued by any of the above named companies the litigation is terminated and you may also be able to strike the prior judgment.

Furthermore, the State of Maryland’s Collection Agency Licensing Board in the…


Added by Jeffrey Scholnick on October 31, 2011 at 9:47pm — No Comments

Amanda Knox is Free

Homicide convictions on Amanda Knox and her co-defendant were overturned today by an Italian Appeals Court.  See the link

Added by Jeffrey Scholnick on October 3, 2011 at 4:26pm — No Comments

Judge O'Malley announced the appointment of 7 Circuit Court Judges including two for Baltimore City

Here is the Announcement of New Judges appointed to the Circuit Courts today:


Governor O'Malley picks Seven Circuit Court Judges

Added by Jeffrey Scholnick on September 28, 2011 at 3:13pm — No Comments

If you have a client who has been sued by Sunshine Financial Group on a debt, the case may have been dismissed or reduced

The Maryland Judiciary website reports that more than 300 cases have been dismissed in which Sunshine Financial Group has filed suit to collect a debt.  Sunshine has agreed to dismiss the cases without prejudice and has voluntarily also agreed to reduce the interest and attorney fees on another roughly 340 cases.  Here is the link:

Maryland Judiciary reports lawsuits dismissed

Added by Jeffrey Scholnick on September 22, 2011 at 8:55am — No Comments

Beginning January 1, 2012, new Maryland rules will make it tougher for debt buyers to collect their debts in court

The Baltimore Sun reported on September 7, 2011, that Maryland’s Court of Appeals has enacted new rules to protect Maryland debtors-,0,3294034.story .

Reading the new Rules,…


Added by Jeffrey Scholnick on September 19, 2011 at 5:28am — No Comments

September 11, 2011 Memorial Dedication, Baltimore, MD- "Darkness is the Great Canvas Against Which Beauty Becomes Visible"

Below is a link to a You Tube video I took today on my Flip Video Camera of Governor O'Malley's speech at the dedication of the Maryland September 11 Memorial Dedication followed by the reading of names of Marylanders who died that tragic day of September 11, 2001.

Added by Jeffrey Scholnick on September 11, 2011 at 8:52pm — No Comments

On September 11th, we remember residents of Baltimore County who died that day and thank a Baltimore City State’s Attorney who continues to serve

The Maryland 911 Memorial is dedicated today, on the tenth anniversary of that tragic event.  Among the 68 Marylanders who lost their lives that day, five are listed as living in Baltimore County.  Included in that list are Robert John Fangman, Linda Rosenbaum and Cortez Ghee.  A biography of each of can be seen at

However, I would like to highlight two young professionals who…


Added by Jeffrey Scholnick on September 11, 2011 at 11:30am — No Comments

If you are traveling today, please note the following road closures per a Balto Co Government News Release

Please be safe in your travels:

Dozens of Roads Remain Flooded; Use Caution Page 1 of 2 9/8/2011• Dolfield & Owings Mills (tree partially blocking road)

Precinct 4/Pikesville

• Buckingham&PrinceGeorge • QueenAnnbetweenEssex&VillaNova

Precinct 7/Cockeysville

• Shawan Rd…


Added by Jeffrey Scholnick on September 8, 2011 at 11:49am — No Comments

If you have Court in Baltimore City the next couple of days ALLOW YOURSELF ALOT OF EXTRA TIME OR MAKE ALTERNATIVE ARRANGEMENTS!!

I am a member of a list serve for the Maryland Association for Justice.  Two attorneys who work downtown & drove to work today have lamented the state of traffic for the next couple of days.  The email below is from a wonderful attorney by the name of Wendy Shiff who is a partner with Salsbury, Clements, Bekman, Marder & Adkins, L.L.C.  I pass it along for your edification. Based on her email below, if you have Court in Baltimore City, depositions or other meetings, you want to allow…


Added by Jeffrey Scholnick on September 1, 2011 at 11:59am — No Comments

Courts closures today- August 29, 2011

The following courts are closed today as a result of Hurricane Irene damage per the Maryland State Courts website:

  • Baltimore City District Court – Wabash location is closed
  • Baltimore County District Court Catonsville and Towson locations closed, Essex location open – no phone service
  • Calvert County Circuit Court will be closed on Monday,…

Added by Jeffrey Scholnick on August 29, 2011 at 9:16am — No Comments

Post- Irene information that may be helpful for your clients

I don’t know about you, but I am expecting a lot of calls this week from clients who have sustained property damage in Hurricane Irene (or maybe as a result of the earthquake last week, that seemed so mild after Mother Nature's behavior over the weekend.)  I thought I would pass this along to give you some information that will make these calls easier for you.

The Maryland Insurance Commission has recently posted some useful Press Releases that should be helpful.  I would recommend…


Added by Jeffrey Scholnick on August 28, 2011 at 7:30pm — No Comments

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