Some people will do anything to make money. Fortunately, consumer laws exist to deter businesses from engaging in fraudulent or deceptive practices. These laws also offer potential remedies to victims of consumer fraud, such as financial compensation for damages.
Most states have their own consumer laws. Our state is no different. We have the Illinois Consumer Fraud and Deceptive Business Practices Act (ICFA), often referred to as the Consumer Fraud Act.
The Consumer Fraud Act protects Illinois citizens against a wide range of behavior. At a broad level, it imposes damages on businesses that do anything deemed deceptive or fraudulent. It also contains specific provisions regarding different commercial activities.
The Consumer Fraud Act addresses several types of conduct, including:
- Misrepresentation: Knowingly misleading consumers from the truth.
- False promises: Making claims that will not be fulfilled or honored.
- Suppression: Hiding information that consumers need to make an informed decision.
- Omission: Failing to share information that is relevant to customers.
These forms of deception and fraud can happen almost anywhere. Unscrupulous businesses employ these tactics in person, over the phone, by mail, or online. Consumer fraud claims often involve specific practices such as bait and switch, hidden charges, and false advertising.
In general, businesses that violate the Consumer Fraud Act have the same goal: manipulate consumers to make a profit. The business benefits, while the consumer suffers a financial loss or another type of damage.
As a victim of consumer fraud, you may be able to recover compensation. To do so, you must demonstrate that the business in question violated a section of the Consumer Fraud Act and that you endured a loss as a result. The attorneys at Markoff Leinberger can help.
Our attorneys represent both individual and class action plaintiffs. We are very familiar with the terms of the Consumer Fraud Act and how it applies to these cases. We will pursue the full and fair compensation that you deserve. Additionally, we will work to hold the at-fault parties responsible for their corrupt behavior.
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With over 20 years of experience and a passion for getting clients the verdicts they deserve, Paul Markoff and Karl Leinberger can help you achieve a successful outcome. Call 312-726-4162 to discuss your case for free. Our consumer rights law firm proudly serves clients in Chicago, Illinois and across the U.S.