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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
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...Read More
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...Read More
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...Read More
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...Read More
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...Read More
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...Read More
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...Read More
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...Read More