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March 22, 2016

Were you seriously harmed by food that was mislabeled or adulterated during the manufacturing process? Call our Chicago consumer fraud lawyers today.
Were you seriously harmed by food that was mislabeled
or adulterated during the manufacturing process? If so,
please call our Chicago consumer fraud lawyers today at
1 (877) 905-5161.

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...

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March 01, 2016

Chicago Chicago TCPA junk fax or text lawyers
Even debt collectors may not circumvent the law. If they
do, each infraction could be worth $500 to $1,500.

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:

  • ...
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February 15, 2016

If you became sick after drinking contaminated water in Flint, Mich., our Chicago class action and consumer rights attorneys may be able to help.
If you became sick after drinking contaminated water in
Flint, Mich., our Chicago class action and consumer
rights attorneys may be able to help.

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,...

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February 01, 2016

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...

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January 21, 2016

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
  • Banks
  • 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...

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December 28, 2015


If you are in Chicago and have questions about joining a
akata airbag class action lawsuit, please call Markoff
Leinberger for a free consultation.

The Chicago class action lawyers at Markoff Leinberger are plugged into recent news that the Takata Corp. is expanding its airbag recall, a move that may spur more consumers to become involved in one of several class actions now pending against the airbag manufacturer.

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...

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December 22, 2015

The Chicago false advertising lawyers at Markoff Leinberger want consumers to be aware of bait-and-switch schemes.
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.

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...

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November 30, 2015


Regulators at the Federal Trade Commission, seen
here, are stumped by the problem of junk faxes, illegal
robocalls and TCPA violations. | Chicago IL

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...

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November 18, 2015


The best way to explore whether or not joining a
Volkswagen class action is right for you is to contact one
of our seasoned Chicago consumer fraud lawyers.

Our Chicago lawyers are aware that a number of class action lawsuits developed seemingly overnight in the wake of recent revelations that Volkswagen cheated on vehicle emission and fuel consumption testing software as part of a scandal that has impacted more than 11 million vehicles worldwide.

Given that roughly one in 13 cars on the road today were manufactured by Volkswagen or one of its subsidiaries, it’s clear that many car owners in Chicago and nationwide are impacted by the German automaker’s emission-testing scandal.

The question is whether or...

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October 26, 2015


Even debt collectors may not circumvent the TCPA. If
they do, each infraction could be worth $500 to $1,500

Most people presume that when their doctor’s office calls, they’d better pick up.

But the Chicago consumer rights lawyers at Markoff Leinberger want you to know that unless it’s an emergency, even medical personnel lack the legal grounds to call your cell phone unless you have expressly given them permission to do so.

With very few exceptions, the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA) dictates that no commercial entity has the right to ring you up or send you text messages unless you’ve already given the okay for that correspondence. And that includes medical personnel.

This is why...

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