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Q: Is the structure of this gifting savings plan (sou sou) legal?

Week 1: Gift $500 to the group (not the person who shared it with you)

Week 2: Share with two others who do the same

Week 3: Do nothing

Week 4: Receive a gift of $4000 from the group

Mark Oakley
Mark Oakley answered on Jun 24, 2020

No, it is a classic Ponzi scheme, which is illegal in most if not all states, certainly in Maryland.

1 Answer | Asked in Environmental, Land Use & Zoning and Real Estate Law for Maryland on
Q: I live in Maryland and have a cement alley that is not maintained by the city. Water leaks into my house; Can I sue?

Hello –

I have water leaking into my city basement home. I have done numerous repairs and attempts to lead the water away from my home but realize that I cannot control this without the city properly maintaining their alley. The cement alley has numerous cracks throughout and has an old... Read more »

Richard Sternberg
Richard Sternberg answered on Apr 12, 2020

You need to start with a title search to determine whether the alley is owned by the city or whether the city merely has an easement to it. You then need to determine who has the duty to maintain, and whether you have the right to make the repair yourself. If the responsibility belongs to the city,... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Personal Injury, Environmental, Internet Law and Mergers & Acquisitions for Maryland on
Q: I have been traumatized due to a situation where my spouse and I hippa rights have been violated by the news station .

We have a big lawsuit that needs to be resolved sooner than later I have contacted a lawyer but she is way to expensive. She said I have a very big lawsuit and definitely been traumatized . this is something that will follow our life living here in our town. We only want justice and to live without... Read more »

Joseph D. Allen
Joseph D. Allen answered on Oct 18, 2019

There is no private cause of action for a HIPAA violation- in other words, an individual may not sue for damages based solely on such a violation. However, the Maryland Confidentiality of Medical Records Act does allow a person to sue for recovery of actual damages. It is possible that the same... Read more »

2 Answers | Asked in Environmental and Real Estate Law for Maryland on
Q: Is there a difference between water quality inspection and a well inspection?

Trying to figure this out in a home contract... a realtor is trying to tell me there isn't, but I think there is. I just want to rectify the issue before any contract is signed and legal issues develop

Richard Sternberg
Richard Sternberg answered on Jun 14, 2019

When in doubt, include it twice, such as "water quality inspection including but not limited to well inspection".

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1 Answer | Asked in Contracts, Environmental and Real Estate Law for Maryland on
Q: I have a contract on a home that has failed well water test for lead and nitrate. The Sellers say that adding one...

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Cedulie Renee Laumann
Cedulie Renee Laumann answered on Oct 19, 2018

An attorney cannot assess the Seller's obligation without looking at the Contract.

That being said, there is no law that requires a Seller to install a whole house reverse osmosis system to fix well water issues, though the contract may speak to issues of repair and condition. It is...
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