Corporate ripoff schemes

There are many ways a company can rip you off.  They can sell you something that is not what it seems.  It may contain ingredients that are not appropriately labeled for example.  They can also sell you things that do not function as advertised.  They might break prematurely or are not appropriately powered to do the job for which they are intended.  Another, more cutting edge way for companies to steal from you is to hide little charges on your pages long credit card bill.  We, the private attorneys general at CPL, cannot stand this hideous practice.  It may seem insignificant to people, a four dollar monthly charge hidden on your statement under some indecipherable label, but they are doing...

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How can I get companies to quit calling me?

The Telephone Consumer Protection Act of 1991 gave consumers some rights to pursue private claims against corporations who call them without their consent.  The idea was to stop spam calls from clogging up your phone lines and eating up your precious cell phone minutes.  This was a response to the growing use of cell phones by consumers.  The cell phone plans many people had in the early 90s were highly punitive for people who used too many of those minutes.  And since robots calling your cell phone was causing people to use minutes they didn't have, there was a major expense being created for consumers they did not want or ask for.  The practice still seems to be used in...

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My self cleaning oven doesn’t work

Defective Self-Cleaning Ovens   Consumer Protection Legal is currently investigating claims that certain Whirlpool, KitchenAid, and IKEA Built-In Wall Ovens with a pyrolytic or high-temperature self-cleaning feature contain a defect that causes the ovens to overheat and break down when the self-cleaning cycle is used.   Consumers have reported that their ovens have broken down during the self-cleaning cycle, rendering the oven unusable until the oven has been repaired at significant cost to the consumer.     Consumers have further reported that they have been advised by a repair person that the only way to prevent future similar occurrences is to immediately discontinue any and all use of the self-cleaning function.   If you purchased a self-cleaning Whirlpool, KitchenAid, or IKEA self-cleaning oven from approximately 2002 to the present, you may qualify to act as a...

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How should I choose a consumer fraud lawyer?

The choice of lawyer is an important one and should not be based solely upon advertisement is a common disclaimer required by state bar associations.  However, there are thousands of lawyer ads bombarding the airwaves day and night if you still have cable television.  The reason these ads are constantly running is because they work.  They bring to the attention of consumers the possibility they may have a claim.  This is not a bad thing, it raises public awareness of potentially harmful products being pushed by greedy corporate executives.  The issue for those who may have a claim though is whether they are choosing the correct consumer fraud lawyer to prosecute their claims.  The lawyers at CPL have decades of experience...

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When should I call a consumer protection lawyer?

If you have been ripped off, your first thought might be that it would be too expensive to hire a consumer fraud lawyer to help you out.  After all, the corporate propaganda machine exclusively pumps out the deception that lawyers are just there to take from you and overcharge you.  The consumer fraud lawyers at CPL do not get paid unless we win a case for you though.  In fact, we typically don't even get paid a portion of what we win, like in a typical contingent fee case.  Our fee is usually negotiated separately and paid out by the defendant.  So there is no risk to the victim in hiring us to be your consumer fraud lawyers.  Also, we...

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