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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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October 12, 2015


The FCC says Lyft has violated the Telephone Consumer
Protection Act. If you feel that your TCPA rights have
violated, you may be able to secure a damages award.

Our Chicago consumer rights and junk fax/text lawyers can attest to the fact that heated competition for online business in the digital age leads some companies to engage in illegal, unfair business practices.

Case in point: The Federal Communications Commission’s recent public lashing of the San Francisco-based ride share company Lyft underscored the...

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October 05, 2015


Are you in Chicago and believe that you’ve been the
victim of unfair or discriminatory credit reporting or debt
collections?

The Chicago credit reporting and consumer rights lawyers at Markoff Leinberger are following with interest proposed federal legislation that would outlaw the practice of checking a prospective employee’s credit record before extending a job offer.

Not only do some lawmakers consider this employment practice to be an example of an unfair business practice, they simply say it’s discrimination — particularly with regards to people who suffered either job loss or savings depletion as a result of the Great Recession and now need nothing...

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September 28, 2015


If you live in Chicago or anywhere nationwide and
believe that you were directly impacted by the
Volkswagen emissions-testing scandal, please contact
the consumer rights and class-action attorneys at Markoff
Leinberger today: (877) 905-5161.

The Chicago class-action and unfair business practice lawyers at Markoff Leinberger are watching with interest as the iconic German car company Volkswagen attempts to curtail rising consumer anger and unrest in response to the news that it has been cheating on its vehicle emissions tests.

“We understand that owners of the cars affected by the emissions compliance issues are upset,” the German car company said recently on newly-launched...

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August 28, 2015


The Chicago consumer rights
lawyers at Markoff Leinberger can
determine your rights in the face of
unwanted robocalls.

The 58th U.S. presidential election is more than a year off. But with the candidates on both sides of the ballot already jockeying for headlines, our consumer rights and junk fax/text lawyers at Markoff Leinberger in Chicago want to remind you that you don’t have to live with political robocalls.

How can you stop political robocalls?

Although the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA) acknowledges that uninvited phone calls, texts and faxes are an invasion of consumer privacy, political robocalls...

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August 20, 2015


The ever-expanding prevalence of smart
devices in our lives does not automatically
give businesses the right to use text
messaging to solicit your patronage or
support.

Now that 97 percent of Americans with smart phones are using those devices for text messaging, it follows that the consumer fraud and junk fax lawyers at Markoff Leinberger in Chicago are on alert for increased, illegal spam texting.

The practice of sending unsolicited texts to consumers has been outlawed as part of the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA). So each unsolicited text that you get can qualify for $500-$1,500 in compensation per correspondence. (Some select...

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July 28, 2015


If you’re a consumer who monitors your money and
accounts to avoid fraud, our Chicago lawyers suggest
you stay away from drinking and spending.

If you’re someone who closely monitors your money, spending and accounts to remain vigilant against consumer fraud, our Chicago lawyers are aware of one common social situation that you may want to avoid: Drinking and spending.

First, consider that the simple act of going out for drinks will cost you money. One study found that Americans spend a total of $90 billion each year on alcoholic beverages, with an average American annually consuming roughly:

  • 25 gallons of beer
  • 2 gallons of wine, and
  • 5 gallons of liquor

When it comes to your money, drinking leaves you open...

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