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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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July 20, 2015


Despite a class action lawsuit and various product
recalls, Keurig Green Mountain single-handedly
changed the coffee business with its one-cup coffee
makers, which is a surprise to our Chicago consumer
rights lawyers.

Our Chicago lawyers remember that not long ago, news headlines related to Keurig Green Mountain’s single-serve coffee makers and refillable K-cups focused on an antitrust class action lawsuit that alleged the manufacturer used unfair business practices to lock out competitors, as well as more than one U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission...

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July 10, 2015

The Chicago class action lawyers at Markoff Leinberger want to alert the public to this important local case.

Case No. 13 C 3810 (N.D. Ill. 2015): $571,320 class action settlement of Fair and Accurate Credit Transactions Act case alleging that City of Chicago Clerk’s Office did not truncate credit/debit card numbers or expiration dates from customer copies of credit/debit card receipts.  Federal law prohibits printing more than the last 5 digits of card numbers and also prohibits printing expiration dates.  Class members can submit claims through August 26, 2015 at www.clerkcardsettlement.com.

If you need an experienced Chicago class action lawyer, please contact Markoff Leinberger online or by telephone today to schedule a free consultation: 1-877-905-5161.

July 06, 2015


The Supreme Court may soon consider an issue that
affect our Chicago consumer rights lawyers.

Now that the U.S. Supreme Court has concluded its latest session with historic rulings related to same-sex marriage and the Affordable Care Act, there’s talk of an issue coming up when court justices return that could affect the work of our Chicago consumer rights lawyers.

The question is whether or not public employees can be forced to pay union dues even when those individuals choose not to be involved in the union or support union activities.

Union organizers argue that such provisions are vital to the ongoing vitality of collective bargaining in the United States. Those who oppose such measures, on the other hand, argue that being forced to pay fees to organizations they...

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July 02, 2015

Chicago consumer rights lawyers are monitoring the recent lawsuit against the makers of Rockstar Energy Drink.
Chicago
consumer rights
lawyers are
monitoring the
recent lawsuit
against the
makers of
Rockstar Energy
Drink.

Our Chicago consumer rights lawyers are watching with interest the mounting evidence that consuming too many sugary, highly-caffeinated energy drinks in a short period of time may creative a serious health hazard.

Although this issue has previously been in the news, it resurfaced this week when a Los Angeles man filed a strict liability lawsuit, which also claims negligence, fraud and a breach of implied warranties, against the maker of Rockstar Energy Drink.

His...

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