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July 11, 2017

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 888-517-9115 to schedule your free consultation. We serve clients in Chicago and across the nation.

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July 05, 2017

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.contaminated gas lawsuit attorney

The gas station manager tried to avoid responsibility, initially not even returning calls from the...

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June 23, 2017

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 against scam calls chicago

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...

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June 13, 2017

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
  • Landlines
  • Faxes

Under the TCPA, unless you've provided express written consent, your cell phone may not be contacted by anyone using an autodialer...

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May 23, 2017

Common Internet Scams - Chicago Consumer Fraud LawyersThe 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...
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May 16, 2017

Consumer Fraud Lawyers ChicagoLet'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...
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April 28, 2017

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.

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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 (888) 517-9115 to schedule your initial consultation. 

April 18, 2017

Chicago consumer law attorneysAs technology continues to advance, robocalls become more common. These pesky calls can wreak havoc on your life. But what, exactly, do you need to know about robocalls?

Robocalls are phone calls with rerecorded messages. These calls have increased in recent years because technology has made it cheap and easy for robocallers to make calls from anywhere in the world while hiding their true identities, or allowing them to display fake caller ID information.

All calls with rerecorded telemarketing sales messages are illegal, unless you previously agreed to be called. However, some non-marketing robocalls may be legal, such as:

  • Political calls
  • Charitable calls
  • School closings
  • Public safety...
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April 13, 2017

Chicago consumer fraud lawyersMany people think that consumer fraud only happens to customers who are unaware of the different types of fraudulent activity. However, even the savviest customer can fall victim to consumer fraud. But what, exactly, is consumer fraud?

Consumer fraud is defined as any deceptive practice that results in financial or other losses for consumers in the course of a seemingly legitimate business practice. According to the Federal Trade Commission, consumers report millions of dollars in theft and fraud each year.

Consumer fraud can take place in various forms, including:

  • In person
  • By...
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March 17, 2017

With identity theft affecting millions of Americans per year, it is imperative to take steps to protect yourself. Check out this infographic to see if you're making common identity theft mistakes:


Identity Theft Mistakes


If you need help because your identity has been stolen, please call our attorneys at Markoff Leinberger today at 888-517-9115. We are proud to serve clients in Chicago and nationwide.