Markoff Leinberger's Consumer Rights Blog
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If you've been a victim of identity theft, you may wonder if your credit score is safe. Unfortunately, identity theft often does negatively affect your credit score. Luckily, there are steps you can take to fight identity theft and repair your credit score.
One of the first things you should do is use the FTC's website to report your identity theft and get set up with a plan to repair the damage done. The other thing you should do as soon as possible is call an experienced identity theft lawyer. Here at Markoff Leinberger, we understand the extent to which identity theft can make your life difficult. We can help you recover compensation if...Read More
18 patients of MacNeal Hospital in Berwyn were discharged only to find that their homes had been ransacked and burglarized while they were away. Most of the victims were elderly females who lived alone, and this was no coincidence. A rehabilitation tech employed by the hospital, named Eric Albavera, used personal information collected by the hospital to plan and carry out the burglaries.
Karl Leinberger is currently representing three of the victims in a lawsuit against MacNeal Hospital, alleging that the hospital did not take sufficient care to ensure the victims’ privacy was protected....Read More
Each year, the FTC releases a list of top consumer fraud complaints. Although the exact numbers change from year to year, 3 types of complaints are consistently at the top. These are debt collection, identity theft, and imposter scams.
In total, consumers lost $905 million to fraud in 2017. If you or a loved one has been a victim, don't hesitate to contact Chicago consumer fraud lawyers Markoff Leinberger at 877-905-5161 to schedule your free consultation.
Debt collection agencies often harass consumers and may resort to unethical means to force consumers into paying. Many debtors don't realize that they are protected from harassment and abusive conduct...Read More
There are a number of different types of consumer fraud that are unfortunately fairly common across America. The FTC releases an annual report of the top consumer complaints of fraud, and we've put together this infographic to help you recognize these most common types. If you or a loved one has been a victim of consumer fraud, whether from illegal debt collection, imposter scams, identity theft, or another type, don't hesitate to call Markoff Leinberger at 877-905-5161 to schedule your free legal consultation. We serve clients in Chicago and nationwide.
The act of food mislabeling should be a serious concern to consumers. Food mislabeling, whether intentional or accidental, can lead not only to consumers being defrauded out of their hard earned money on a product that is not as advertised, but can also lead to serious cases of allergic reaction or even death.
If you think that you have been a victim of food mislabeling, don't hesitate to contact Markoff Leinberger at 877-905-5161 for your free consultation. Our consumer law attorneys have years of experience fighting big corporations on the behalf of consumers, and we will let you know honestly if we think you have a case.
Types of Food Mislabeling...Read More
Recently, our attorney Paul Markoff was chosen to lead a class action suit against Midland Credit Management on behalf of consumers who were misled by a form letter sent by Midland. The lead plaintiff, Renetrice Pierre, argued that the letter did not warn debtors that by agreeing to pay any amount to Midland Credit Management, it would re-open a time-barred debt. Debtors cannot be sued for money owed on a debt that has passed the statute of limitations. However, if they pay any amount to a collections agency, then that debt is re-opened and they can be sued again.
Sending a letter which purposefully omits pertinent information that most debtors would not be reasonably expected to know is unlawful, and a U.S. District Judge ruled that Midland Credit Agency had...Read More
Unfortunately, wage theft (including overtime violations) is all too common an occurrence here in Illinois, especially for lower-income workers who may not feel like they can stand up to their employer because they need the job. However, you should know that wage theft is illegal, and you can hold your employer accountable as well as retrieve your stolen wages plus other damages.
If your claim involves only a small amount of money and is straightforward, you may be able to file a claim with the Illinois Labor Department yourself. However, if your case involves a more significant amount or has the potential to be more complex, you will most likely be better off hiring a lawyer experienced in wage theft cases.
As technology advances and more and more uses for biometric data are becoming mainstream, living in Illinois gives you key protections in the form of the Illinois Biometric Privacy Act (BIPA). Facial recognition technology in particular has come under scrutiny with the release of the iPhone X, which uses facial recognition software to unlock the phone and even use Apple Wallet.
Although the iPhone X has brought facial recognition technology into the public eye, this technology has been around for a long time and is used by companies such as Facebook, Shutterfly, Snapchat, and Google, all of which have been sued over it by Illinois residents.
If you feel your rights have been violated by large companies...Read More
Technology has been advancing rapidly, and unfortunately the law has been slow to catch up. Luckily, here in Illinois, we are one of the few states that have protections in place against misuse of an individual's biometric data. The Illinois Biometric Privacy Act (BIPA) gives consumers a way to fight back against large corporations and employers who make use of biometric data such as fingerprints, retina scans, and facial recognition. Take a look at the infographic below to learn more about BIPA and how it can protect you.
If you think that your employer or another company has used your biometric data improperly, don't hesitate to contact the experienced consumer law attorneys at Markoff Leinberger. Call us at 877-905-5161 for your free legal consultation.
With the advent of new technologies, many employers have turned to biometric data to more accurately keep track of employees clocking in and out. However, the use of biometric data such as fingerprints and retina scans to track employee movements is regulated under the Illinois Biometric Information Privacy Act (BIPA), and many employers are coming under fire for not properly adhering to the law.
If you feel that your rights have been violated by your employer through the use of fingerprint time clocks, retina scans, or other biometric identifiers being utilized improperly, call the consumer law attorneys at Markoff Leinberger today at 877-905-5161 to...Read More