Professionals, Their Billing Practices, and Maryland Law

What is new?
Maryland's highest court just ruled that there is a difference between the services that professionals provide and the billing practices they use.

What changed?
The Maryland State Consumer Protection Act (CPA) now clearly applies to the commercial aspects of professional practice; professionals are subject to the prohibition against unfair and deceptive trade practices.

In the past, professionals (accountants, architects, lawyers, physicians, and others) could not be sued under Maryland's CPA for unfair or deceptive trade practices.

The professionals' exemption will still apply to the services they provide.

Now, victims of unfair or deceptive practices by a professional may have another tool for action, and may be able to collect their legal fees as well.

If you believe that you have been the victim of unfair or deceptive trade practices by a professional – a doctor, lawyer, accountant, etc. – you may now be able to do something about it. Consult with your legal professional and find out what your rights are.