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If you recently purchased a product from a retailer and then later changed your mind and returned that item, the sales tax you paid during your original purchase should be included with your refund.
It’s the law.
But our Chicago consumer rights lawyers continue to learn about retailers who illegally withhold a customer’s sales tax after that person decided to return merchandise.
For instance,...Read More
As the annual American tax-filing deadline steadily approaches, our consumer rights lawyers want to warn people in Chicago and nationwide that tax-time presents a fresh opportunity for financial scammers.
According to the IRS, consumers need to know about these three tax-time frauds.
- Bad Tax Preparers: The government urges consumers to be...
The federal government is getting serious about locating and prosecuting food manufacturers who engage in the dangerous practice of adulterating or mislabeling products.
A prominent recent example arose in the wake of 2012 inspections of two cheese manufacturing sites run by the now-defunct company Castle Cheese in Slippery Rock, Penn. After the inspections, the...Read More
The consumer protection and fair credit reporting lawyers at Markoff Leinberger in Chicago are intrigued to learn that consumer complaints to the Federal Trade Commission increase by nearly 20 percent between 2014 and 2015.
According to a statement released by the FTC today, that agency received more than 3 million consumer complaints in 2015, which is up from about 2.5 million complaints in 2014.
The three most common reasons that consumers reached out the FTC with a complaint in 2015 were:
Our Chicago law firm’s class action and consumer rights lawyers predict that things are going to get worse before they get better in Flint, Mich., where multiple lawsuits have emerged in response to the city’s far-reaching water crisis.
It wasn’t even two years ago when the public first gained knowledge that residents of Flint, Mich., including somewhere between 6,000 and 12,000 children,...Read More
The class action lawyers at Markoff Leinberger in Chicago consider it our life’s work to secure justice on behalf of people who have been victimized by greed or collusion in the marketplace.
That’s why, in addition to the two cases mentioned in an earlier blog post about class actions worth watching in 2016, here are two more consumer-protection lawsuits that our fraud lawyers will continue to monitor as part of our mission to provide the best possible representation to our clients.
Consumer Privacy Violations
From text messages clogging up your phone and racking up charges to outright online slander, technology companies have been faced with class action case after case due to inappropriate use of consumer data and outright fraudulent behavior...Read More
In the coming year, the class action lawyers at Markoff Leinberger, a Chicago consumer protection law firm, will be watching the development of several significant class action lawsuits across the country.
Our attorneys work tirelessly to fight for justice for consumers who have had their rights violated by such illegal actions on the part of:
- Credit bureaus
- Mortgage companies
- Collection agencies
- Finance companies
- Insurance companies
- Credit card issuers and other lenders.
Our Chicago class action lawyers consider it our jobs to stay informed about the developments in these cases. This is just part of the way that we provide the best possible representation for our clients.
Here are two class action cases that we’ll be monitoring this year:
Deaf Prisoners Seek Access to Interpreters
A case...Read More
In the wake of a series of deaths that have been linked to defective Takata airbags, several carmakers began recalling vehicles more than two years ago that included this particular piece of Takata-brand safety equipment.
The defective airbags reportedly...Read More
Our Chicago lawyers want to remind consumers that the high volume shopping and spending that happens during the winter holidays makes this an especially busy time for scammers.
“We see it every year: scammers taking advantage of the holiday season to defraud consumers,” fraud expert John Breyault told CBS News. “From bogus holiday charity...Read More
Our Chicago consumer protection, junk fax and TCPA violation attorneys want to share a recent piece from NPR’s “Morning Edition” that pointed to the challenges government regulators face when it comes to curtailing unwanted commercial correspondence.
Reporter Yuki Noguchi explains that illegal...Read More