Markoff Leinberger's Consumer Rights Blog
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Anyone who is selling something wants to make money, and in some cases will resort to fraudulent tactics in order to sell higher priced items or services to consumers. Bait and switch schemes occur when a product or service is advertised at one price, but then when a consumer tries to purchase it, it is not available or is only available at a higher price.
A true bait and switch scheme as defined by the law involves an advertised deal that the seller never intended to follow through with. This is important to remember, as it is not illegal for a seller to try to upsell you on a more expensive product as long as the original deal is actually available for consumers to purchase.
Don't Fall for Bait and...Read More
Under the Illinois Consumer Fraud and Deceptive Business Practices Act (also known as simply the Consumer Fraud Act), it is illegal for a business to act in a deceptive manner in order to try to sell a product or service. This includes making false promises through advertising. If you have bought something under false pretenses, then it may be worth it to try to recoup damages through a lawsuit, whether on your own or as a class action.
Here are some guidelines as to when it's appropriate to bring a lawsuit against a company for false advertising.
Large Scale Food Mislabeling
Food mislabeling is one of the most common class action grievances. Large food corporations routinely test the...Read More
Many Americans are in debt, but unfortunately not everyone knows that they have rights as a debtor. The Fair Debt Collection Practices Act and the Fair Credit Reporting Act both provide protections for debtors against being taken advantage of by third party debt collection agencies and from credit reporting agencies. We've put together this slideshow to help you understand your rights and when to contact a debtor rights attorney.
If you feel your rights have been violated, don't hesitate to contact the Markoff Leinberger consumer rights attorneys at 877-905-5161 for your free case evaluation. We have years of experience successfully representing victims of aggressive debt collectors, and in fact Paul Markoff and Karl Leinberger are currently involved in a large class-action debt collection rights lawsuit in Illinois.
We serve clients in Chicago, Illinois and...Read More
Many Americans are in debt, but may not realize that even though they owe money, they are still protected by the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act. Under this act, you do not have to put up with harassment or abuse by debt collection agencies. In addition, debt collectors cannot provide you with false or misleading information.
Our debt collection attorneys Paul Markoff and Karl Leinberger are currently involved in a class action suit against a debt collection agency that allegedly provided misleading information to thousands of debtors, using language that implied that these debtors could be sued for failing to pay a debt despite the debt being time-barred. The collection agency also failed to provide the...Read More
Paul Markoff and Karl Leinberger are representing lead plaintiff Renetrice Pierre in Pierre v. Midland Credit Management, a class action suit with 68,754 members. In this suit, Pierre alleges that MCM violated the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (FDCPA) through failing to disclose in letters sent to thousands of debtors key information such as:
- Debtors cannot be sued for debt that has passed its statute of limitations.
- Paying or promising to pay even a partial amount of the time-barred debt would reactivate the ability to be sued over it.
Under the FDCPA, third-party debt collection agencies such as Midland Credit Management are prohibited from making deceptive or misleading statements and...Read More
Although nowadays there are regulations put in place protecting consumers against false advertising, that unfortunately doesn't meant that false advertising doesn't happen. Corporations are in the business of making money, and if they think that advertising a certain way is more likely to get consumers to purchase their product, they'll do it.
False advertising is illegal, however, and if you are a victim of it, you have recourse. Our Chicago false advertising attorneys at Markoff Leinberger have years of experience representing both individual and class action claims against false advertising, and we will help you obtain the best possible result.
Wage theft, including overtime violations, is a widespread problem among many industries. If you've been a victim of wage theft, you might not think there's anything you can do about it. This is not the case. Wage theft is illegal, and you can sue to recover lost wages as well as other damages.
The experienced consumer law attorneys at Markoff Leinberger have handled many wage theft cases, and know how to help you fight for justice and compensation.
Recognizing Wage Theft and Overtime Violations
Wage theft can happen to anyone, but there are certain industries that it is most prevalent in. These include:
Wage theft occurs across income levels and industries, although it is more common in certain industries than others. Learn how to recognize wage theft and what to do about it in this infographic.
If you have been a victim of wage theft or know someone who has, contact Markoff Leinberger today at 877-905-5161 to schedule your free consultation. We serve clients in Chicago and across the nation.
One of our consumer law attorneys Karl Leinberger was featured on NBC 5 in a story they ran about two local men who had to shell out for car repairs after unknowingly pumping gas that was tainted with water. Watch the video here.
After heavy rains, the underground holding tanks at a local gas station were contaminated with water, resulting in gas fill-ups that were around 90 percent water. This contaminated gas caused significant problems in the cars that were filled, resulting in expensive repair bills for the unlucky victims.
The gas station manager tried to avoid responsibility, initially not even returning calls from the...Read More
The elderly are prime targets for scammers, as they are more likely to be less technologically savvy, more trusting, more easily confused, and sometimes even cognitively impaired. Robocalls, where thousands of numbers can be autodialed at the same time, have become an effective way for scammers to reach a large number of potential targets. If you or a loved one has been the victim of a robocall, don't hesitate to call Markoff Leinberger in Chicago at 1-877-905-5161.
Here are some tips to help protect your elderly loved ones from robocalls.
1. Never Give Out Personal Information Over the Phone
The main things robocall scammers are after are personal identity information and credit card numbers. The scams themselves can...Read More