Circuit Court Judge Awards Attorney Fees Against Anonymous Barber School Academy and its owner

On May 2, 2011, an Anne Arundel County Circuiit Court Judge awarded $398,643.51 in attorneys fees and costs against The Anonymous Barber School Academy and its owner following a jury's finding that both defendants committed unfair or deceptive trade practices, and violated Maryland's Consmuer Protection Act.  The award of attorneys fees, following a hearing in which the school's lawyers argued the students' attorneys were not entitled to any legal fees, brings the total judgment entered against The Anonymous Barber School Academy and its owner to $536,943.51.  

The jury also awarded damages for intentional infliction of emotional distress in favor of all three students, against thje School's owner  Those damages, totalling $11,800.00, were overturned by the trial court, following the defendants' moving for judgment notwithstanding the verdict.  

A second trial is scheduled for January 3, 2012, by another thirty students who claim they too were deceived by the school and its owner, and suffered damages as a result.  That case claims the school defrauded the students, breached their contracts, and also committed unfair and deceptive trade practices, in addition to committing intentional infliction of emotional distress upon many of the students.  As in the first case, the school and its owner deny any wrongdoing, despite the jury's finding in favor of the students in the first case to make it to trial.

The students were represented by Allan W. Steinhorn of Clark & Steinhorn, LLC, and George Hermina and John Hermina of the Hermina Law Group.

The newspapers in Annapolis have been following this case, and more information can be found in the Maryland Gazette newspaper, the Capital Hometown Annapolis newspaper, and Courthouse News.
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