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Strong v. HOA
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In 2009 Woodmore, a gated community in Bowie, passed a regulation requiring
every homeowner to purchase a new, costly mailbox from a single manufacturer,
Frontgate. With installation, the mailboxes cost each of the Woodmore's
nearly 400 homes about $500.00. Dr. Strong and his wife on the other hand,
refused to abide to the new 'mailbox rule'. The Strongs attempted
to resolve the dispute for year, filing a complaint with the Maryland
Attorney General's Consumer Protection Division, but the Woodmore
Board of Directors refused to submit to mediation or binding arbitration.
When the Board refused to stop fining the Strongs, holding that they were
in violation of the community rules, the Strongs only option was to go
to court. In November 2014, the coupled filed a lawsuit against Woodmore,
seeking a declaration that Woodmore did not have the authority to enact
the mailbox rule. In Janurary 2017, the Strongs recieved just that. In
plain language, Judge Green found the mailbox rule to be null and void.
Woodmore claims to have spent over $70,000.00 in legal fees defending
the mailbox rule and filing a counterclaim seeking enforcement of the
rule. "Im outraged that the Board spent over $70,000.00 of our community's
money to defend the indefensible," says Dr. Strong.
"The Strongs' victory is everyone's victory- every homeowner
that values their property rights won. These out-of-control boards need
to be held accountable, and I'm proud to represent those willing to
stand up for themselves in these communites." -Matthew Skipper
G.M. v. P.M.
G.M. v. P.M. – A husband was struck by his estranged wife with the couple’s pickup truck when the wife, who was backing out of the drive, suddenly drove forward, crushing Ms. Skipper’s client’s leg between the truck and a parked vehicle. The insurance carrier did not extend coverage until the client was represented by Mr. Skipper, who advocated that the wife’s “Alford plea” in the criminal case was not an admission of guilt and could not be used in the civil claim for personal injuries. Like nearly all insurance policies, the couple’s insurance did not cover personal injuries inflicted by intentional acts. After lengthy negotiation and despite the perceived intentional nature of the wife’s actions, Mr. Skipper persuaded the insurance carrier to tender the bodily injury policy limits of $250,000 to his client.
D.T. v. Anonymous Pharmacy
D.T. v. Anonymous Pharmacy – When a pharmacy negligently filled the wrong prescription, Mr.
Skipper’s client suffered partial temporary paralysis of his legs.
Mr. Skipper brought claims on behalf of his client, who did make a full
recovery, and the case was resolved on terms favorable to Mr. Skipper’s client.
J.C. v. Erie Insurance
J.C. v. Erie Insurance – Mr. Skipper represented a man hurt in a hit-and-run accident who
suffered substantial back injuries when a reckless driver pulled out in
front of the client, and then fled the scene of the accident. Mr. Skipper’s
client had preexisting back pain, and was scheduled for spinal surgery
two weeks after the date of the accident. Despite the preexisting back
condition and the pending surgery, Mr. Skipper obtained a settlement of
behalf of his client of more than three times the medical expenses and
lost wages incurred in the accident in a claim for personal injuries against
the client’s own insurance through the uninsured motorist benefits.
C.L v. Baltimore Gas & Electric
C.L v. Baltimore Gas & Electric – Mr. Skipper represented a tenant and property owner against a
public utility for claims arising from what plaintiffs alleged was an
unsafe condition a home in Lothian, Maryland. The tenant reported that
the electricity in the house would often surge, causing light bulbs to
explode and destroying electrical appliances. Plaintiffs alleged that
despite numerous calls, the public utility failed to remedy the problem,
which plaintiffs alleged caused an electrical fire during a birthday party
with children present. The case was featured in print media and on WBAL-Baltimore’s
nightly news, and was resolved on confidential terms.
R.P. v. Jason Handley
R.P. v. Jason Handley – Mr. Skipper represented a young woman who alleged that she was
brutally assaulted on her own porch by the Defendant. The Defendant denied
liability, and the case was tried before a jury in Calvert County, Maryland.
The jury returned a verdict in favor of Mr. Skipper’s client, finding
that the defendant did commit battery. The award constituted the full
sum sought for medical expenses, as well as compensatory damages for pain
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