The government has enacted laws which protect consumers from being victimized by fraudulent and deceptive business practices. Consumer fraud laws also establish potential remedies potentially available for consumer fraud victims, including financial compensation for losses, punitive damages, and attorney’s fees. A new concern is consumer fraud over the Internet.
This page will provide you with a basic overview of the protections afforded by consumer fraud laws and the Consumer Fraud Act, but it cannot advise you about your specific case. In order to learn more about your rights, we recommend that you speak with one of the lawyers at Markoff Leinberger. We also have extensive experience with federal credit laws designed to protect consumers.
Illinois Consumer Fraud and Deceptive Business Practices Act
Most consumer fraud cases in the state of Illinois are covered under the Illinois Consumer Fraud and Deceptive Business Practices Act (commonly referred to as the Consumer Fraud Act). This law imposes damages on businesses who do anything that is considered deceptive and who intend that consumers will rely on their actions when making a purchase.
The Consumer Fraud Act provides a broad interpretation of what constitutes deceptive conduct. It not only covers intentionally deceptive behavior, but also careless misrepresentations and omissions which make it likely that a consumer will be confused. That is, even if somebody represents something as believing it to be true, and the representation turns out to be false, the consumer may have a consumer fraud claim.
There are three different types of deceptive or fraudulent practices addressed by the Consumer Fraud Act:
- Affirmative acts – These actions include deception, fraud, misrepresentation, and false promises.
- Knowing omissions – These actions include concealment, suppression, or omission of a material fact.
- Violations of specific sections of the Consumer Fraud Act and similar laws.
You do not need to prove that a business intended to violate the law in order to recover compensation under the Consumer Fraud Act. You simply must demonstrate that a section of the law has been violated and you were damaged (e.g., lost money) from it.
Markoff Leinberger Can Help
If you have been the victim of consumer fraud, the lawyers at Markoff Leinberger can help ensure your rights are protected. Our attorneys represent individual and class action plaintiffs in consumer fraud cases. We know the terms of the Illinois Consumer Fraud Act and how it applies to these complex cases.
Our lawyers have the experience necessary to handle just about any case covered by the Consumer Fraud Act, and we work on claims involving:
Both Mr. Markoff and Mr. Leinberger have experience defending and prosecuting consumer fraud cases and have focused on representing plaintiffs for years now. This unique understanding of both sides of consumer fraud cases will give you the edge you need to achieve a successful outcome. If you need assistance in the Chicago area, please call 1-888-517-9115 or complete our online form to schedule a free consultation.