Consumer protection laws exist to prevent companies from taking advantage of consumers by scamming, misleading or providing poor service among other practices. Because of consumer protection laws, consumers can file suit against the companies that wrong them. These cases are usually brought as class action lawsuits because there are often many plaintiffs wronged when consumer rights are violated.
Types of Consumer Protection Class Actions
Consumer rights are violated in a variety of different industries. Common defendants in these types of cases include:
- Debt collectors
- Retailers (such as automobile dealers)
- Credit bureaus
Consumer Protection Laws and Statutes
There are numerous federal and state laws designed to protect the rights of consumers. A few of the more commonly violated federal laws include:
- Truth in Lending Act
- Fair Credit Reporting Act
- Fair Housing Act
- Fair Debt Collection Practices Act
Consumer protection laws in Illinois include:
- Illinois Lemon Law
- Illinois Consumer Fraud Act
- Illinois Home Repair Fraud Act
There are also laws that address telephone and mail fraud, home solicitations, get-rich-quick schemes and other consumer rights.
If you feel like your consumer rights have been violated, it’s time to talk to an attorney. You may discover that you are not alone in your complaint, and you may be able to file a class action lawsuit. If so, it’s important to hire a class action lawyer with experience working on these types of cases. The Chicago-based attorneys at Ankin Law Office can help. Our firm has a long history working to protect consumer rights. Contact us today to schedule a free consultation and discuss your case.