Consumer Protection Act

The Maryland Consumer Protection Act is designed to combat unfair and deceptive trade practices.  It applies broadly to everything from houses to apartments to cars to debt collection.  Like most consumer protection statutes, it authorizes a “private right of action” and a consumer who has suffered injury or loss as a result of its violation and is awarded damages, is entitled to recover her “reasonable attorney’s fees.”  This type of fee shifting statue was imposed by the legislature in order to create an incentive for private attorneys like Peter Holland to act as a “private Attorney General” and accept these cases, knowing that if the client wins and is awarded damages, the lawyer is likely to get paid a reasonable fee.