The American Bar Association has published an excellent guide for ordinary people to consumer law issues. You can view the Guide online by clicking here. The introduction to the Guide explains:
This book helps you understand the everyday transactions that make up economic life, and sets out the basic rights and obligations of people playing the free-enterprise game. When you’ve better informed, your choices will be greater and you’ll get the most for your money. And the better able you are to protect what you earn—by spending or investing it wisely—the more opportunity you’ll have to enjoy the rewards of your hard work.
The Guide describes consumer fraud laws such as the Illinois Consumer Fraud and Deceptive Business Practices Act:
Many states have analogous laws, known as the “Little FTC Acts,” by which many states
have created their own versions of the FTC. One of the notable aspects of the Little FTC Acts, or the
consumer fraud laws, is that private citizens are often authorized to recover extra damages (that is,
more than they lost) and attorney fees if they show that a deceptive practice by a merchant caused them
Our Chicago consumer protection private law firm handles individual and class action predatory lending, unfair debt collection, lemon law and other consumer fraud cases that government agencies and public interest law firms such as the Illinois Attorney General may not pursue. Class action lawsuits our law firm has been involved in or spear-headed have led to substantial awards totalling over a million dollars to organizations including the National Association of Consumer Advocates, the National Consumer Law Center, and local law school consumer programs. The Waukegan consumer fraud lawyers at Lubin Austermuehle are proud of our achievements in assisting national and local consumer rights organizations obtain the funds needed to ensure that consumers are protected and informed of their rights. By standing up to consumer fraud and consumer rip-offs, and in the right case filing consumer protection lawsuits and class-actions you too can help ensure that other consumers’ rights are protected from consumer rip-offs and unscrupulous or dishonest practices.
Our Chicago attorneys provide assistance in fair debt collection, consumer fraud and consumer rights cases including in Illinois and throughout the country. You can click here to see a description of the some of the many individual and class-action consumer cases we have handled. A video of our lawsuit which helped ensure more fan friendly security at Wrigley Field can be found here. You can contact one of our Oak Brook consumer law attorneys who can assist in lemon law, unfair debt collection, predatory lending, wage claims, unpaid overtime and other consumer, consumer fraud or consumer class action cases by filling out the contact form at the side of this blog or by clicking here.