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How do I fight an EZ pass fine of $11,000?: An administrative law judge has ordered me to pay a fine of $11,000 to the central collection unit for EZ fines. I use the ICC everyday for work and EZ pass automatically deducts my monthly fees. I updated my credit information twice and paid the additional charges because I missed a payment. EZ pass says I have not paid a fine and they fine me every time I use the ICC. I have monthly bank statements to prove my payments. I cannot afford to pay $11,000. The central collection unit will garnish my paychecks because I work for the state.

Asked 2 days ago in Energy

Ian’s answer: You may appeal the decision of the ALJ to the Circuit Court. The appeal will not be "de novo" -- which means you will not have the opportunity to re-try the case. The appeal will be limited to the record, and you must demonstrate that the ALJ erred in applying the law, or abusing his/her discretion. You would be well served to hire an attorney with experience in appeals from the OAH.

Answered 2 days ago.


If HVAC is provided in the lease and it fails to cool the house, what must the landlord do?: We rented a home at a steep price that included a dual zone HVAC system and boasted of it. Despite running at 72 degrees, the children's bedrooms do not cool less than 85 or more on hot and humid days. Our youngest, 3 years old, has woken ill from the heat several times. We informed the owner immediately and repeatedly and their response has been, "too bad." They have refused to take the step recommended by 2 HVAC professionals in order to make the air flow work and effective because of the price. Please advise our rights.

Asked 5 days ago in Landlord & Tenant

Ian’s answer: The rights and obligations of the landlord is governed primarily by the written lease. Bring the least to an attorney for a consultation. A few minutes and a few hundred dollars can save you hours of heartache (and sweat!)

Answered 4 days ago.


Suing the "founder" of a fake non-profit organization ?: I'm in MoCo., scammer lives in PG but hangs around in Annapolis. Met around my office in DC, approached me and offered me a job to work with disadvantaged orphans in Eastern Shore MD (I work in TV), offers me a "career breakthrough" and bothered me for 6 months, so I finally contacted several people and a State division and they're conducting a 'long' investigation on this non-profit. One of the 'victims' told me that I have a solid civil claim in court given the provided texts and emails from the scammer. Scammer offered jobs in his imaginary educational institution. He's been doing this for over 16 years and there are 'victims' in triple digits.
I'm not after this person's money, I'm not sure if scammer has money, but he definitely deserves to be sued, and I was told he's a 'trust fund baby'- how much for retainer fee & under which category would my case fit into?

Asked 4 days ago in Libel

Ian’s answer: While I certainly agree with your sentiment -- folks who perpetrate fraud deserve what's coming -- it does not appear that you suffered any damage as a result of the "scammer's" conduct. It appears that your diligence avoided you the consequences suffered by the other victims!

Consult an attorney to ensure any potential causes of action are preserved.

Answered 4 days ago.