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Governor’s legal bill in unemployment benefits case exposes imbalance between who can afford justice and who cannot

September 13, 2021

In Maryland, people who successfully sue the state for violations of their rights under Maryland law – as we did in our suit challenging Governor Hogan’s illegal attempt to terminate federal unemployment benefits – are not entitled to attorney’s fees. This can make it hard for people with limited incomes to find an attorney to take their case. In this op-ed in the Baltimore Sun, PJC attorney Sally Dworak-Fisher and Legal Director Debra Gardner call for Maryland to adopt a fee-shifting statute to level the playing field and help ensure that justice isn’t left to chance.