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They sought ‘lead paint virgins’ and bought their settlements. It will be hard for victims to get their money back

They sought ‘lead paint virgins’ and bought their settlements. It will be hard for victims to get their money back

A Chevy Chase company that made millions of dollars from deals with victims of lead poisoning targeted an “entire generation of youth coming of age in Baltimore” with its deceptive practices, Maryland’s top law enforcement official alleges.

But even if a lawsuit filed by Attorney General Brian Frosh is successful, the amount of restitution those victims can receive is severely limited by a separate class-action claim.

The settlement of that lawsuit, brought by two of Access Funding’s former customers, entitles victims of the company to receive about $750,000 — about 4 percent of what Frosh’s office asserts they are owed.

Brian Brown, an attorney who represented the...

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