02.01.02.02

.02 Definitions.

A. In this chapter, the following terms have the meanings indicated.

B. Terms Defined.

(1) Agency.

(a) "Agency" means the Consumer Protection Division in its role as an administrative agency authorized to adjudicate contested cases under Commercial Law Article, §13-403, and State Government Article, §10-202(b), Annotated Code of Maryland.

(b) "Agency" includes the Chief of the Consumer Protection Division, and any person to whom the Chief of the Consumer Protection Division has delegated the authority to issue the final administrative decision of the Agency in a contested case.

(2) "Authorized representative" means an attorney or, if permitted by applicable law, a person designated by a party to represent the party.

(3) "Chief" means:

(a) The Chief of the Consumer Protection Division; or

(b) A person designated by the Chief of the Consumer Protection Division not employed by the Office of Administrative Hearings.

(4) "Chief Administrative Law Judge" means the Chief Administrative Law Judge of the Office of Administrative Hearings.

(5) "Division" means the Consumer Protection Division of the Office of the Attorney General in its role as a party to a contested case.

(6) "Judge" means an administrative law judge:

(a) Appointed by the Chief Administrative Law Judge under State Government Article, §9-1604, Annotated Code of Maryland; or

(b) Designated by the Chief Administrative Law Judge under State Government Article, §9-1607, Annotated Code of Maryland.

(7) "Office" means the Office of Administrative Hearings.

(8) "Party" means a person named or admitted to participate in a cease and desist order proceeding.

(9) "Person" means an individual, corporation, business trust, estate, trust, partnership, association, two or more persons having a joint or common interest, or any other legal or commercial entity.