FH+H Helps Wrongly Accused Client Reverse 5-Figure Fine


FH+H Partner Dave Jonas and Senior Associate Samuel Adelmann helped a hotel management company reverse a five-figure fine after the client was accused of failing to obtain a permit for a project of which they were not the responsible party.

The client, a company that owns and manages a number of hotels nationwide, received a notice of failing to pay a fine from the Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs (DCRA) for a cooling tower that was installed on the roof of one of its D.C.-area hotels without obtaining a permit.

The DCRA claimed to have mailed the client an initial fine of $4,000, and when the client did not respond, the DCRA mailed a notice that the fine tripled to $12,000. The client never received the initial notice, however, and they are not the party responsible for installing the cooling system for the hotel.

FH+H helped the client draft and file a motion for reconsideration, and the DCRA responded that they would not oppose the motion and agreed to withdraw the fine.

FH+H’s Litigation + Investigations group has experience conducting a wide-range of investigations and handles all aspects of professional dispute resolution, like this case. Read more about the practice group here, and contact one of our attorneys here.

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