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October 13, 2017

Most people in America have one or more credit cards that they use on a regular basis. Unfortunately, this widespread use of credit cards opens the door to all manner of credit card fraud. Credit card fraud can be committed by card companies, merchants, and even individuals who steal your information to make fraudulent purchases. Take a look at our infographic illustrating different types of credit card fraud, and if you think you've been a victim of one or more of these fraudulent schemes, don't hesitate to contact the credit card fraud attorneys at Markoff Leinberger. Call 888-517-9115 today to schedule your free case evaluation.

September 28, 2017

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 availablebait and switch consumer law attorney chicago 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.

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September 14, 2017

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.false advertising lawyer chicago

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...

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August 16, 2017

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 providedhow can a debt collection lawyer help you 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...

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August 09, 2017

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:debtor rights class action lawsuit illinois

  • 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...

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July 25, 2017

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.examples of false advertising claims chicago


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July 18, 2017

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 wage theft illegal

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:

  • Manufacturing
  • Agriculture
  • Poultry...
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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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