Markoff Leinberger's Consumer Rights Blog
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In today's society, there are many ways to be scammed or fraudulently conned out of money. From telephone scams targeting senior citizens to sophisticated phishing scams that even a computer-savvy millennial might fall for, consumers need to be ever-vigilant in keeping their sensitive information and bank accounts safe.
Consumer fraud is unfortunately very common across America, but luckily there are laws in place that can help you if you ever become a victim. If you have been financially or otherwise injured by fraud, call Markoff Leinberger at 888-517-9115 for a free consultation.
Telephone and Debt Collection Fraud
If you are the victim of unwanted...Read More
The short answer to the question of whether it's illegal not to refund sales tax is yes. If you bought something and paid sales tax for it, then you should receive that same sales tax back if you return the item. In general, this should happen regardless of location, and regardless of whether or not you bought the item online. However, there may be restrictions or exceptions depending on how long it's been since you returned the item and whether or not you had the original receipt.
Sales tax rates and laws vary between states, and can differ depending on whether a company has a brick and mortar store or operates fully online....Read More
Our consumer law attorney Karl Leinberger was recently interviewed by CBS Chicago regarding the problems users have had with the subscription service MoviePass. MoviePass allows subscribers to watch unlimited movies for less than $10 per month, but the service has begun placing limitations on what movies you can watch and how often you can watch them....Read More
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 888-517-9115 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 888-517-9115 to schedule your free legal consultation. We serve clients in Chicago and nationwide.
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