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Court Issues Judgment of $70,000 To Client In Wage Payment And Collection Law Case

Posted by Marc Smith | Apr 05, 2011 | 0 Comments

Last year, we began representing an employee of a local business in an unpaid wage case involving rather extraordinary facts — the employer had issued an astounding total of 57 paychecks to our client which the bank would not honor due to insufficient funds. We filed suit in the Circuit Court for Montgomery County seeking treble (triple) damages and attorney's fees under Maryland's Wage Payment and Collection law which requires employers to promptly pay their employee's wages or face severe penalties.

On March 31, 2011, the Court entered judgment in favor of our client and against the defendant employer for $70,000. Unfortunately, the individual defendant than proceeded to file a Chapter 7 bankruptcy seeking to avoid her obligation to our client. For the short term, the defendant's bankruptcy filing stays any effort on our part to collect the judgment entered in favor of our client; however, we anticipate challenging the defendant's ability to discharge her obligation to our client on the grounds of fraud.

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Marc Smith

Marc J. Smith is a Rockville, Maryland employment attorney and a founding member of the law firm formerly known as Smith, Lease & Goldstein, LLC. In 2018, after 18 years managing Smith, Lease & Goldstein, LLC's employment counseling and litigation practice, Marc launched his own boutique practice...


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The Law Office of Marc J. Smith, LLC is a boutique employment law practice based in downtown Rockville, Maryland near the Montgomery County Circuit and District Courts. The Firm’s practice focuses exclusively in the employment law arena and provides counseling, litigation and a wide range of other employment-related services to employers and employees throughout the State of Maryland, Washington D.C. and other jurisdictions. The Firm also represents individuals who have failed to register with the Selective Service System and who are trying to apply for or maintain federal employment.