Markoff Leinberger's Consumer Rights Blog
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The Chicago consumer fraud lawyers at Markoff Leinberger understand how infruriating and devastating it is to be a victim of credit card fraud. We work passionately on behalf of those who were victimized by criminals and fraudsters because we believe you have a right to pursue justice and compensation.
One common element in many of our cases is that the victim was unaware of the credit card fraud for quite a while. If this seems surprising, it’s important to understand that many of those who commit these crimes are sophisticated and subtle in their tactics.
Our consumer fraud lawyers can help you in this difficult time, but you can also help yourself by keeping a close eye on your credit card bills. You should speak to the police and then to our attorneys if you notice:
- A large number of suspicious charges, especially little ones. Many people assume a number of small charges (...
There are numerous local, state and federal laws that protect Chicago-area employees from exploitation at the hands of their bosses and supervisors. The overtime violation lawyers at Markoff Leinberger are familiar with the relevant laws, including the Fair Labor Standards Act. We can use this law to pursue compensation of your behalf if your rights have been violated.
Employers often attempt to make employees work overtime hours without paying them what they are entitled to, and many of those employees feel as if they have to do the work or lose their jobs. This is an unacceptable state of affairs.
Our overtime violation lawyers can protect your rights under FLSA, which include:
- Getting paid at least 1 ½ times your agreed upon pay for every hour worked over 40 in a week
- Counting hours spent in meetings or preparing for work as part of the above calculation
- “Managerial” employees are exempt from the...
A class action lawsuit will be filed by a Lead Plaintiff, the party (or parties) who represent all members of the action. The Lead Plaintiff in a class action lawsuit initiates action by contacting an attorney who will assess the case, potentially involve various consultants and experts to conduct an investigation, and determine if the case is eligible for class action litigation. If the attorney determines that a class action suit is appropriate, he will file the appropriate papers with the court to begin your suit.
If you believe you have reason to file a class action lawsuit, please call 312-726-4162 today to schedule a free consultation with one of the experienced Chicago lawyers at Markoff Leinberger.
Joining a Class Action Lawsuit
Once a class action lawsuit is filed, you will be notified of your potential membership in the class via mail, e-mail, internet, or media campaigns. If you believe you should be a part of a legal action and have not been...Read More
Your landlord obviously exerts a tremendous amount of influence in your life. When your landlord is violating your rights as a tenant, he or she can make your life far more difficult than it should be. The consumer rights lawyers at Markoff Leinberger can stand up for your rights as a Chicago-area tenant.
Our consumer rights lawyers have decades of experience with security deposit disputes and other landlord issues, so we understand how to protect you.
Tenants in Chicago are protected by the Chicago Residential Landlord and Tenant Ordinance. Your responsibilities as a tenant are also laid out in that document. Under the RLTO, your rights include:
- Getting a receipt for your security deposit
- A safe, habitable living environment maintained by your landlord
- 30 days notice if your landlord is not renewing your lease
- A return of the security deposit within...
Everyone understands they can’t expect complete honesty from advertisements. However, there are state and federal laws that outlaw egregious false advertising practices. And the Chicago false advertising lawyers at Markoff Leinberger understand these laws. We’re ready to evaluate your claim and help you pursue justice and compensation for losses you’ve suffered as a result of false advertising.
Under the federal Lanham Act, false advertising is defined as “any advertising or promotion that misrepresents the nature, characteristics, qualities or geographic origins of goods, services or commercial activities.”
Your false advertising lawyers must demonstrate five things in order to establish that an advertisement is false:
- A false statement of fact was made
- The statement has or can deceive a substantial portion of the audience
- The false statement is likely to affect the audience’s purchasing...
There are a variety of federal and state laws that protect the rights of consumers in the marketplace. Consumer laws protect against scams, false advertising, deceptive business practices and other misconduct that harms consumers.
These rights are often the basis for class action lawsuits.
Understanding Your Rights
If you believe your rights as a consumer have been violated, you should contact Markoff Leinberger to determine whether you are entitled to seek compensation through legal action. The Chicago consumer rights lawyers at Markoff Leinberger have years of experience helping victims of corporate misconduct seek justice through legal action and may be able to help you gain compensation..
One of our Chicago consumer rights lawyers would be happy to consult with you for free to discuss your case and inform you of the most effective course of action.
If you believe your rights as a consumer have...Read More
Credit card scams and consumer fraud are at an all-time high. While in some cases the victims of these crimes were not as vigilant as they should have been in protecting their information, consumer fraud can strike nearly anyone at any time.
You can lessen your chance of credit card scams by taking steps such as:
- Keeping your credit cards in a safe location
- Not giving out your credit card information over the phone or on unsecured/unknown websites
- Not signing blank credit card receipts
- Shredding credit card related documents
- Reporting lost/stolen cards immediately
- Carefully reviewing your statement at the end of every month
If you do suffer from a credit card scam, you will need an experienced Chicago consumer fraud lawyer on your side as soon as possible to help protect your financial interests.
We Can Help
The Chicago consumer fraud lawyers at Markoff Leinberger have experience helping...Read More
Too many residents of the Chicago area are victimized by consumer fraud but never have the opportunity to pursue justice and compensation. Many of these people had cases, but didn’t speak to a consumer fraud attorney in time.
A lot of our clients weren’t even aware they had a claim before speaking to our consumer fraud attorneys. Consumer fraud law is complicated, and you shouldn’t try to figure out on your own whether you have a claim. Our attorneys have decades of experience with this field of law, which means we’ll be able to evaluate your claim.
That’s why it’s so important to speak to a consumer fraud attorney immediately after you suspect you’ve been defrauded. We offer free initial consultations to all prospective clients. You’ll be able to talk about your case in a calm, confidential environment.
If you decide to retain one of our consumer fraud attorneys, we will investigate your claim in order to prove...Read More
One of the reasons the consumer fraud attorneys at Markoff Leinberger tell prospective clients in the Chicago area to speak with a lawyer as soon as possible is because the state of Illinois has a statute of limitations on consumer fraud claims.
The statute of limitations for consumer fraud in Illinois is three years. That means, generally speaking, you have to file your claim three years after the fraud occurred.
Three years can seem like a long time, but the courts move slowly, and there’s a lot involved with any consumer fraud claim. It’s vital that you not delay in speaking to our consumer fraud attorneys about your case. You want our help and expertise as quickly as possible.
We can help by:
- Evaluating your case at a free consultation
- Investigating your claim to determine fault
- Constructing a clear and compelling case around the facts we discover
Waiting doesn’t...Read More
Welcome to the Markoff Leinberger consumer fraud blog. We hope you will find the information posted here to be a valuable resource as you research topics related to consumer law issues.
The attorneys at Markoff Leinberger have more than 15 years of experience handling consumer fraud cases. While we have experience working on both sides of these cases, our attorneys currently focus entirely on representing plaintiffs in consumer law matters. Over the years, we have recovered millions of dollars on behalf of individual and class action clients who have been the victims of consumer fraud.
While our offices are located in downtown Chicago, we handle cases nationwide. Our lawyers know the state and federal consumer fraud laws which apply to these complex cases, and we have the litigation...