What is the Statute of Limitations on Consumer Fraud Cases?

In Illinois, it is considered a violation of our state’s Consumer Fraud and Deceptive Business Practices Act when a business uses unfair or deceptive practices. These practices — which include false advertising, misrepresentation, and omission of information — often victimize innocent consumers and cause them a financial or personal loss.

If something like this has happened to you, you may have a consumer fraud case. However, the window of time in which you can initiate legal proceedings is closing fast.

The Legal Deadline for Your Case

The consumer rights attorneys at Markoff Leinberger want you to know that you must seek damages within three years of the initial offense in accordance with state law. That is the statute of limitations on consumer fraud cases in Illinois.

If you miss the deadline for filing your case, you may never be permitted to recover compensation for your loss. If you have a serious claim involving significant financial or personal damages, this can seem like an unfair consequence. Unfortunately, that is the reality that many victims of consumer fraud face.

Exceptions to the Statute of Limitations

There are a few exceptions to the three-year rule. For example, the statute of limitations on Illinois consumer fraud cases fails to apply to an appeal or a case that proceeds to the Attorney General or the State’s Attorney.

When the alleged fraud involves a media company, insurance company, or a real estate transaction, or when the claim results in bodily injury or death, the case may reach beyond the bounds of the Illinois Consumer Fraud Act. These exceptions can be hard to navigate, which is exactly why you should consult an experienced attorney about how to proceed.

Schedule Your Free Consumer Fraud Consultation

It is important to contact a lawyer as soon as you believe you have a claim. If you need assistance in the Chicago area, please call the experienced attorneys at Markoff Leinberger 312-726-4162 to schedule a free consultation.


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