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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.

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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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January 24, 2019

Under federal law, you have a right to be free from unsolicited fax messages. The Chicago junk fax lawyers at Markoff Leinberger have 15 years of experience helping people like you pursue justice from companies or other entities that clog your fax machine with junk faxes.

As a result of the Telephone Consumer Protection Act and The Junk Fax Prevention Act, junk faxes are prohibited and put under the regulation of the Federal Communications Commission. A “junk fax” is defined as a fax message sent with the purpose of advertising a good or service without your express permission or expression of interest.

However, there is a prominent exception to the junk fax law known as the “established business relationship exemption.” If the sender of the fax has a previous business relationship with you and obtained your fax number with your explicit permission, he or she is allowed to send you unsolicited advertisements.

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January 22, 2019

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.Wage theft lawyer Chicago

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.


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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 888-517-9115 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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September 18, 2018

Most apartments in Chicago require you to put down a security deposit before renting. However, sometimes it can be hard to get that security deposit back from your landlord when it's time to move out. Luckily, Chicago has some of the nation's best protections for tenants. The Residential Landlord and Tenant Ordinance (RLTO) provides specific rules that landlords have to follow in regards to security deposits.Tenancy agreement with keys | Security deposit lawyers Chicago

If your landlord is refusing to give your deposit back, or has taken an unreasonable deduction from it, call the experienced tenants' rights lawyers at Markoff Leinberger at 888-517-9115 today for your complimentary consultation.

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