Consumer Protection Project
VIDEO: Attorney Volunteer Cory Zajdel on his experience volunteering with the Consumer Protection Project
- Lawyers must be barred in Maryland and in good standing (there is no minimum experience level),
- Complete a basic consumer protection training course; and
- Accept pro bono cases and/or participate in District Court Consultations, at which consumers receive free brief legal advice.
- Law students must be admitted to the Maryland bar via Rule 16 and must participate via an approved clinic at the University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law or the University of Baltimore School of Law.
Funding for PBRC’s consumer protection work is provided by the Administrative Office of the Courts and the American College of Bankruptcy Foundation.
See below for information about some of the most serious problems facing Maryland consumers:
Tens of thousands of Marylanders are sued each year by companies alleging consumers owe debts the companies claim to have purchased from original creditors.
The Structure and Practices of the Debt Buying Industry, FTC, 2013
Defending Junk Debt Buyer Lawsuits, Peter A. Holland, 2012
The One Hundred Billion Dollar Problem, Peter A. Holland, 2011
Bartlett v. Portfolio Recovery, Maryland Court of Appeals, 2014
An in-depth look at the debt collection industry and its problem practices.
Repairing a Broken System, FTC, 2010
"Stopping Debt Prisons," Maryland Consumer Rights Coalition
The latest in fraud and unfair business practices.