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August 28, 2018

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.When you return something, you are entitled to the sales tax you paid originally | Markoff Leinberger Consumer Law

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....

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August 20, 2018


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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....

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July 02, 2018

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 asYour credit score may fall if you are a victim of identity theft | Markoff Leinberger 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...

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May 21, 2018

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 Sues Hospital for Data Breach | Markoff Leinberger | Chicago

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....

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April 19, 2018

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.Consumer fraud complaints | Markoff Leinberger Chicago

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

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...

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April 12, 2018

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. 

Top consumer fraud complaints infographic | Markoff Leinberger Chicago

February 15, 2018

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.Learn your debtor rights under the FDCPA

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...

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December 21, 2017

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.Facial recognition biometric data concerns | Chicago, IL

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...

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December 14, 2017

Technology has been advancing rapidly, and unfortunately the law has been slow to catch up. Luckily, here in Illinois, we are one of the few states that have protections in place against misuse of an individual's biometric data. The Illinois Biometric Privacy Act (BIPA) gives consumers a way to fight back against large corporations and employers who make use of biometric data such as fingerprints, retina scans, and facial recognition. Take a look at the infographic below to learn more about BIPA and how it can protect you. 

If you think that your employer or another company has used your biometric data improperly, don't hesitate to contact the experienced consumer law attorneys at Markoff Leinberger. Call us at 888-517-9115 for your free legal consultation. 


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November 17, 2017

With the advent of new technologies, many employers have turned to biometric data to more accurately keep track of employees clocking in and out. However, the use of biometric data such Fingerprint Time Clocks Privacy Laws | Chicagoas fingerprints and retina scans to track employee movements is regulated under the Illinois Biometric Information Privacy Act (BIPA), and many employers are coming under fire for not properly adhering to the law.

If you feel that your rights have been violated by your employer through the use of fingerprint time clocks, retina scans, or other biometric identifiers being utilized improperly, call the consumer law attorneys at Markoff Leinberger today at 888-517-9115 to...

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