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Attorney general charges Towson law office with consumer protection law violations

Attorney General Brian E. Frosh announced Friday his office charged a Towson-based law office with charging illegal advance fees and not providing promised refunds.

The Consumer Protection Division charged Daniel M. Radebaugh and the self-named law practice he founded with violating the Maryland Credit Services Businesses Act and the Maryland Consumer Protection Act between 2010 and 2013. The charges...

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Homeowners complain about official-looking letter requesting property assessment appeals fee

Homeowners in several counties have filed complaints with state officials after receiving letters that they say appear to be from a state agency and promise a review of high property taxes for a $99 filing fee.

The state Department of Assessments and Taxation warned homeowners earlier this month to be on alert for official-looking letters that were sent by a private company and charge a fee to appeal...

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Consumers will spend less on Father's Day compared to Mother's Day

It's the thought that counts. Right?

Dads should keep that in mind this Father's Day if they're expecting equal treatment in the parceling out of gifts compared to Mom. According to the National Retail Federation, the average consumer will spend about $115 on gifts for Dad, about the same as last year.

Meanwhile, shoppers forked out $172 each, on average, for Mother's Day gifts, $10 more than last...

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Wegmans will let shoppers use Apple Pay to redeem discounts

Wegmans Food Markets shoppers will be able to redeem loyalty club discounts using Apple Pay this fall.

The Rochester-based grocer said this week it will be among the nation's first supermarkets to enable the payment system for such discounts.

"Efficient, accurate, private and secure checkout is important to us because it is important to our customers, and Apple Pay has delivered," Wegmans spokeswoman...

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L.A. Fitness to close Catonsville location by June 30

At the end of the month, L.A. Fitness members belonging to the company's club on Route 40 will have to find another workout spot.

The gym is closing its doors for good June 30.

"We probably scan in about 300, 350 [members] a day," said aCatonsville L.A. Fitness employee, Mercedes Hernandez, who works at the club as the operations manager for the front desk.

Judging by the number of people using the...

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Misleading letter promises property tax reduction for fee, state officials warn

State officials are warning Maryland homeowners about an official looking letter being sent by a private company that promises a property tax reduction for a $99 filing fee.

The notice, which reads "real property overassessment important information for property owners," appears to be a government notice and offers to file an appeal on a property's owner's behalf, the state's Department of Assessments...

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