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Newly elected Del. Hasan “Jay” Jalisi (D-District 10) describes himself as many things, but his role as property manager of some of the city’s largest apartment complexes has landed him in some hot water in the Baltimore area in the past, court and tax records show.

In 1997, Jalisi began a company under the name HMJ Management Co., Inc., similar to the company he currently heads, HMJ Management LLC. After multiple forfeitures and revivals, HMJ Management Co., Inc. no longer possesses a charter to do business in Maryland, but it left behind it a web of more than $130,000 in unpaid settlements and debts before its final charter forfeiture.

In 2002, HMJ Management Co., Inc., and its president, Jalisi, were involved in two separate cases involving balances due to companies it had contracted with to perform maintenance work at two apartment buildings it managed in the Mount Vernon neighborhood of Baltimore City: 11 E. Chase St. and 1010 St. Paul St.

In one case, HMJ Management Co., Inc. was ordered by an arbitrator to pay ThyssenKrupp Elevator Corporation $91,781 in unpaid bills for upgrades and maintenance to the elevators in both buildings. After months of not receiving the payment, the company filed a suit in Baltimore City Circuit Court to “confirm and enforce” the arbitrator’s judgment.

A third-party messenger employed to deliver the summons to Jalisi was ultimately unsuccessful in delivering the documents.

“The people in the office there said that he may have gone back to Pakistan, I do not believe them. I think they are shielding Mr. Jalisi,” the messenger wrote in official court documents in April 2003 after multiple attempts to contact Jalisi at three different addresses. The judge eventually ruled in favor of ThyssenKrupp Elevator Corporation absent an appearance by either Jalisi or any representative from his company and ordered HMJ to pay $93,000 plus fees. As of press time, however, case filings showed HMJ never delivered the money.

Jalisi told the JT that he could not recall the lawsuits and said in the decade HMJ Management Co. Inc. was in business he was not aware of any demand for payment. He said that disputes over payment for services would have been between the property owner and the service provider and that HMJ was just a property management company. Property records show, however, another of Jalisi’s companies owned the property at the time of the initial arbitration ruling. He then sold the property, along with two others for a total of more than $12 million in December 2002.

Another company, Culbertson Restoration, which went out of business in Maryland in 2006, also had trouble locating Jalisi to retrieve money it was due as part of an arbitration judgment.

In September 2001, an American Arbitration Association decision ordered HMJ to pay Culbertson about $16,600 in back charges after HMJ failed to send a representative to dispute Culbertson’s claim that it had not received payment for the thousands of dollars in goods and services performed for HMJ. In 2002, after still receiving no payment, CRL sought help from the Circuit Court to enforce the arbitrator’s ruling.

After multiple attempts to serve a summons to Jalisi, according to an affidavit filed by a third-party messenger alleging that the “Defendant evaded process,” the court ruled on behalf of the restoration company. It ordered HMJ to pay the amount decided by the arbitrator. Court records include no notice of the payment ever having been made.

In that case, Jalisi’s company’s alleged evasion of payment to another contractor landed him an order to appear before the court’s auditor or else run the risk of arrest. The auditor’s office, however, found no record of an appearance by Jalisi.

Multiple suits brought against both HMJ Management Co., Inc. and Jalisi have led to other trouble delivering summons. In many instances, the individual enlisted to deliver the summons resorted to delivering the documents to the state’s Department of Assessments and Taxation but still was unable to get a response from HMJ, according to court records. Today, five of the existing companies the JT could trace back to Jalisi are registered to the same post office box in Brooklandville at which HMJ Management Co. Inc. was last listed, something the Department of Assessments and Taxation says it does not allow, as the lack of a physical address makes the delivery of summons nearly impossible.

Unfortunately for the companies still owed money by HMJ, David Paulson of the state attorney general’s office said there is no government mechanism to enforce the payment of judgment awards. The best chance plaintiffs have is to file another complaint to seek the payment they’ve already won.

hnorris@jewishtimes.com

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  1. Seems like Ms. Norris doesn’t let the facts come in the way of a good story – or what she thinks is a ‘good story’!!

    I see her story on Delegate-Elect Dr Jay Jalisi bordering on bigotry, and potentially undoing the good interfaith relations that Baltimore Jewish Council and others in the Jewish community have worked hard to cultivate in our area between Jews, Christians and Muslims.

    This story (I call it a ‘story’ and not a ‘news report’ for a reason) is of what may or may not have happened TWELVE years ago; in the world where we have so many new challenges every day her focus on what happened soooo many years ago is preposterous.

    It is unbelievable for me that a big international company like ThyssenKrupp Elevators was (per Ms. Norris) awarded a judgment of “$93,000 plus fees” and never made any attempts to collect it. Does she want us to believe that although the company has an army of lawyers to collect on any judgments, but they haven’t done so for TWELVE years and are now complaining to Jewish Times??!! Is Jewish Times now in the debt collection business?

    It is also unbelievable when Ms. Norris quotes a process server that he could not find Dr. Jalisi, or that he “evaded process”; the Maryland law allows the service of a compliant (court documents) to ANY officer or representative of the company, not just its president. The process server could have just served the papers on the person who allegedly told him that Dr. Jalisi was out of the country.

    Ms. Norris and JT should accept the verdict given by the voters in the recent elections, when they gave Dr. Jalisi victory in the elections with almost 24,000 votes, and stop running these suspicious -looking stories because it makes not just Ms. Norris but the ownership and management of Jewish Times look bad.

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