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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
Who hasn't received an annoying telemarketing call at an inconvenient time? Most people simply accept robocalls as a fact of life, but you should know that under the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA), some of these robocalls may actually be illegal. If you suspect that you may be being harassed illegally by robocalls, contact Markoff Leinberger for a free consultation.
What Is the TCPA?
The Telephone Consumer Protection Act, abbreviated TCPA, codified 47 U.S.C. 227, is an act that places restrictions on the use of autodialers for telemarketers, debt collectors, and advertisers. Its protections cover:
- Cell phones
Under the TCPA, unless you've provided express written consent, your cell phone may not be contacted by anyone using an autodialer...Read More
The Internet is a wonderful thing. It allows us to connect with friends and family across the world and to communicate instantaneously with our loved ones. But there's also a dark side to the Internet, and a part of that dark side is the extent to which it has made consumer fraud much easier.
There are a lot of Internet scams out there, and more pop up every day. But here are three particularly common ones you need to be aware of:
- Fake tech support: These days, most folks are aware of the danger of viruses and malware. But that vigilance can lead to clever fraudsters taking advantage of the situation. Many scammers pretend to be IT professionals, and they spam your e-mail address with messages describing...
Let's face it: these days, consumer fraud is everywhere. We hear time and time again from our Chicago-area clients that they simply didn't know they were being scammed. These are smart, vigilant people, and they still find themselves on the wrong end of a fraudster's scheme.
Remember: there's no shame in being the victim of a scam. You're the victim, not the perpetrator. And our firm is here to protect you and fight for justice on your behalf.
Of course, prevention is the best course of action. There are a number of steps you can take to protect yourself from scammers and their schemes. Here are just a few tips we've picked up from our years of experience in consumer fraud litigation:
- First, understand that scammers target...
Sadly, millions of Americans fall victim to identity theft every year. Fortunately, there are steps you can take to help prevent identity theft and protect your information from being stolen. Check out our new infographic that illustrates three ways to protect your identity.
The lawyers at Markoff Leinberger have years of combined experience delivering results. Together, we will fight for the justice and compensation you deserve.
If you’re in the Chicago area and would like to learn more about how our attorneys can help you with your case, give our office a call at (877) 905-5161 to schedule your initial consultation.