Markoff Leinberger's Consumer Rights Blog

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September 30, 2019

The bait-and-switch tactic is a type of false advertising that involves luring a consumer in with a great promotion that the seller does not intend to offer. Federal and Illinois laws prohibit false advertising, and perpetrators of such schemes can be held accountable through legal action.

If you think you’ve been a victim of illegal bait-and-switch advertising, one of the false advertising lawyers at Markoff Leinberger can help you stand up for your rights. We will review your case at no cost.

Bait-and-Switch Basics

bait and switch infographicThe strategy behind a bait-and-switch scheme is to capture your interest by advertising a great offer like a free gift or a low price...

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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 888-517-9115.

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....

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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 (888) 517-9115 today to schedule a free consultation. We are based in the Chicago area and serve clients nationwide.

March 20, 2019

Is Food Mislabeling A Type of Fraud?

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 888-517-9115 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....

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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 888-517-9115 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 888-517-9115 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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