Consumers are the lifeblood of the U.S. economy. Yet too often, large corporations use misleading and fraudulent tactics to sell their goods and services to consumers. These corporations might include banks, mortgage companies, investment firms, insurance companies, car dealers, home contractors, and online or for-profit colleges. Most states have enacted tough laws providing broad protections for consumers, and imposing significant sanctions against those who violate the laws. Special statutory protections are typically available for the elderly and vulnerable/disabled persons.
As an example, Minnesota consumers are protected by MINN.STAT. § 325F.67, prohibiting false statements in advertising, and MINN.STAT. § 325F.69, prohibiting fraudulent conduct in connection with the sale of goods and services. Additionally, MINN.STAT. § 325F.71 imposes significant civil penalties if the victim of the fraud is a senior citizen (age 62 or older) or a vulnerable/disabled person as defined in the statute. Most states have similar laws.
Consumers are often reluctant to hire an attorney to enforce their legal rights, fearing the costs might be too high. But keep in mind that most consumer protection statutes provide for the recovery of attorney fees and costs if you win your case. Also, if we agree to pursue your case, we will do so on a contingency-fee basis. That means that if you win, we receive a percentage of your recovery as our fee. On the other hand, if you lose your case, we do not receive a fee for our services.
If you believe you are the victim of consumer-directed misconduct, please fill out the form below to schedule a free consultation.