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December 22, 2016

The Holiday Season is a prime time for companies to heavily push their products. Many advertising practices are manipulative, but not necessarily illegal. However, false advertising or purposefully misleading consumers is a crime and one that the consumer protection attorneys at our Chicago office can help with. If you believe intentionally false or deliberately misleading advertising has caused you financial damage, call Markoff Leinberger at 888-517-9115 to set up a free case evaluation and review your options.

False advertising, alternately known as deceptive advertising, occurs when a company intentionally uses vague, misleading, or deliberately untrue statements to sell a product. Truth-in-advertising laws are enforced by the Federal Trade Commission and applied to all possible methods of advertising. This includes print ads, ads on buses and billboards, and those on television. It also applies...

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December 15, 2016

As of 12/1/16, employees making under $913 a week are entitled to overtime. If you are being cheated, call (888) 517-9115 to learn how we can helpIf you work in the private sector and are salaried at less than $47,476 a year, you are now eligible for overtime pay. This new federal overtime rule modifies the existing Fair Labor Standards Act to eliminate exceptions for executive, administrative, and other professional employees, requiring companies to pay time and a half for all hours worked over 40 in a workweek. The new rule went into effect on December 1st, 2016 and, as kinks are worked out by private companies, overtime violations may see a temporary spike. If you have been cheated out of the overtime pay...

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December 01, 2016

How well do you understand the changes to the Fair Labor Standards Act that went into effect on December 1st? Take this quiz to find out. And if your rights under this new law have been violated, call us at (888) 517-9115 for a free consultation right away.

November 11, 2016

Established in 1991, the TCPA protects consumers against nearly all forms of unsolicited communications. If you believe your rights under the TCPA have been violated, our consumer protection attorneys can help. Please use our online contact form or call our Chicago office at (888) 517-9115 to schedule a free consultation and learn more.

Established in 1991, the TCPA protects consumers against nearly all forms of unsolicited communications. If you believe your rights under the TCPA have been violated, our consumer protection attorneys can help. Please use our online contact form or call our Chicago office at (888) 517-9115 to schedule a free consultation and learn more.

 

November 11, 2016

If you're receiving countless calls from a robocaller, you may be being victimized by a caller that is violating the federal regulations of promotional calls. Please take this quiz to find out if you are being victimized by a robocaller:

 

To schedule a free consultation with our attorneys at Markoff Leinberger, please contact us today at (888) 517-9115. We can help you seek between $500-$1500 per violated call. 

October 27, 2016

How much do you know about the TCPA? Take our short quiz to find out. If you suspect your rights under the TCPA are being violated, please contact Markoff Leinberger online or by calling our Chicago office at (888) 517-9115 for a free consultation. We serve men and women being harassed by unscrupulous companies in all areas of the nation.

Have your rights under the TCPA been violated? Call us at (888) 517-9115 to schedule a free consultation and learn how we can help.

October 20, 2016

If you have suffered harm from deceptively labeled product, call (888) 517-9115 for a free consultation with our Chicago consumer protection lawyersOn October 20th, the FTC and UDSA will host a joint-agency roundtable to discuss “consumer perceptions of ‘organic’ claims for non-agricultural products.” According to the press release on the FTC website, “The first discussion…will focus on consumer misconceptions of organic claims in the marketplace and the conclusions and limitations of the evidence concerning those misconceptions for non-agricultural products. The second session…will discuss different potential approaches to improving organic claims to prevent deception. The third and final...

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October 06, 2016

If you are receiving unsolicited communications from a company, please call (888) 517-9115 to learn how our TCPA lawyers can helpFine print. We all know what it means. We all have suspicions about what it contains. Yet very few of us actually take the time to read what can amount to line after line of legalese in a print so fine it’s practically indecipherable. This can, however, place us in an interesting spot when it comes to rights protected by the TCPA.

Under the TCPA, companies are limited in their communication efforts unless they have received express prior consent from the consumer. As we have discussed previously on our blog, unscrupulous companies often try to find creative ways to obtain express consent – at times even hiding disclosures in fine print or call-to-...

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September 29, 2016

If you believe your protections under the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act have been violated, call (888) 517-9115 to learn about your options.Being in debt is frustrating enough and, when circumstances make paying the debt more complicated, harassing phone calls, letters, and texts don’t help. As a debtor, you have certain rights and protections that are in place to guard you against the most aggressive debt collection practices. That doesn’t always stop a company from violating these rights and harassing or intimidating people already facing the difficulty of not having enough money to pay all debts. If you are being harassed, call our Chicago debt collection rights attorneys at (888) 517-9115 to schedule a free consultation and learn how we can help.

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September 23, 2016

In July, a federal judge ruled that political robocalls were protected by the First Amendment and therefore not subject to TCPA regulations. During campaign season, this can cause quite a bit of frustration and irritation as campaigns solicit donations or try to assess candidate support. Particularly if you know who you are voting for, these calls are a tremendous waste of time and can make even the most trusting of people feel anxious when an unknown number pops up on the caller ID.

Political robocalls are protected by the First Amendment and not covered by the TCPA. If you believe you are being harassed however, call (888) 517-9115 to learn about your options Political robocalls are not illegal and live person calls made from political campaigns are not covered by the...

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