Markoff Leinberger's Consumer Rights Blog

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July 15, 2019

As an employee, it is important that you know your rights in regard to compensation. Your employer has legal obligations to pay you fairly for your time worked. Unfortunately, some employers do not adhere to regulations and will try to find ways to keep your hard-earned income.

If your employer is guilty of any of the following forms of wage theft, the attorneys at Markoff Leinberger may be able to help you recover what you are owed. We can also serve as your advocate if your employer takes illegal actions when you attempt to retrieve your money.

Unpaid Overtime

The Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) and Illinois Wage Payment and Collection Act entitle non-exempt employees to overtime wages of 1.5 times their normal wage if more than 40 hours are worked in a given week. Common ways employers exploit their workers by denying overtime are:

  • Failing to acknowledge overtime hours...
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June 14, 2019

man with face in deployed airbag
If you are in Chicago and have questions about joining a
Takata airbag class action lawsuit, please call Markoff
Leinberger for a free consultation.

Fifty-six million airbags manufactured by the Japanese company, Takata, were recalled after faulty inflators caused airbags to explode. The recall affects an estimated 41.6 million vehicles made by 19 vehicle manufacturers.

The class action lawyers at Markoff Leinberger are closely following the Takata airbag recall in order to best represent any Chicago-area car owners whose lives have been affected by the faulty airbags.  If you suffered...

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May 29, 2019

In this quiz, you'll see some of the most common signs of false advertising. But the only way to know for sure is to consult our experienced lawyers in Chicago. We review claims from our state and nationwide. For a complimentary consultation, please call Markoff Leinberger at 877-905-5161.

Our attorneys have decades of experience handling false advertising and consumer fraud claims. We are passionate about obtaining great results for our clients. Please see our recent verdicts and settlements for examples of results obtained for our clients. False advertising is a major breach of consumer protections under Federal and Illinois law. Call us now to see how you can pursue justice....

May 23, 2019

Leaflets with false advertising stuffed in mailboxes in ChicagoYou may be able to sue a company, corporation or business that is responsible for false or misleading advertising. You have certain rights and protections under the Illinois Consumer Fraud and Deceptive Practices Act, as well as protections under Federal law. In general, if a business or company is deceptive in their advertising to get you to buy a product or service, then you may be able to recoup certain losses and obtain justice in a lawsuit handled by our experienced lawyers in Chicago.

Most Common Elements in False Advertising Claims

Each situation is unique. Only an experienced attorney like those at our law firm can determine if you have a false advertising...

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March 22, 2019

False advertising is a deceitful and potentially dangerous form of consumer fraud. Unfortunately, many companies think they can get away with lying to the public to sell products. At Markoff Leinberger, we believe companies that defraud consumers should be held accountable. Here is a guide to the seven types of false advertising that we deal with regularly:

7 Types of False Advertising

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If you've been a victim of false advertising, Markoff Leinberger can help you bring a lying company to justice. Call (877) 905-5161 today to schedule a free consultation. We are based in the Chicago area and serve clients nationwide.

February 28, 2019

There are many different types of credit card fraud which are unfortunately more common than people think. If your credit card is compromised, your credit score could take a hit, and you could spend years trying to repair the damage done. If your identity was stolen as well, it can upend your life.Closeup of a credit card with a chip to help prevent credit card fraud

The consumer fraud lawyers at Markoff Leinberger are dedicated to helping clients recover damages against companies or businesses that are cavalier with your information. If you’ve been the victim of credit card fraud, call us at 877-905-5161 for your free, confidential, no-obligation consultation.

Data Breaches

Data breaches are the most common...

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January 31, 2019

Class action lawsuits are a way for consumers to stand up to large corporations when it's not feasible for one person alone to bring a lawsuit. There is power in numbers, and when enough people have been affected negatively by a company's actions, a class action lawsuit may be the best way to hold that company accountable. The consumer fraud lawyers at Markoff Leinberger have extensive experience with class action lawsuits, and they can let you know if you have the appropriate grounds for one.

Call Markoff Leinberger at 877-905-5161 to schedule your complimentary consultation today. We serve clients in Chicago and nationwide. 


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January 25, 2019

The statute of limitations on debt collection in Illinois varies depending on the type of contract entered into on the debt. For written contracts, such as car loans, the statute of limitations is 10 years. For oral contracts or open accounts, which often includes credit card debt, the statute of limitations is 5 years.Final written notice of debt collection

It’s important to remember that passing the statute of limitations does not mean you no longer have an obligation to repay the debt. However, it does mean that you cannot be sued for the debt by a debt collector.

If a debt collector tries to sue you for a debt after your statute of limitations has passed, the best thing to do is contact one of the consumer rights lawyers at Markoff Leinberger. If you do not contact...

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December 22, 2018

Wage theft, most commonly overtime and minimum wage violations, is unfortunately very common. Employers often take advantage of their employees, trusting that the fear of losing their job will prevent employees from speaking out about incorrect wages or unpaid overtime. However, you should know that even minimum wage employees still have rights. This holiday season, don't let your employer steal your rightful wages. This is a financially stressful time of year for many people, and you shouldn't let your employer illegally contribute to your stresses. 

If you think that you have been a victim of wage theft, call Markoff Leinberger today at 870-905-5161 to schedule your free and confidential consultation. We serve clients in Chicago and nationwide. 


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October 19, 2018

If you’ve been harmed or misled by a large corporation and you know that many other people have also been affected, you may want to consider filing a class action lawsuit. Class action lawsuits are different from standard lawsuits in that they are specifically designed to be able to represent large numbers of people. They can be a great option in cases where damages are minimal but affected many people, or in cases where there are just too many plaintiffs to feasibly file individual lawsuits for each one.A group of people standing in a line looking serious, representing a class action lawsuit

False advertising, debt collection, food mislabeling, and defective products are common types of class action cases. Our own Karl Leinberger recently took on a debt collection company...

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