Consumer Fraud Lawyers St. Louis
Dixon Injury Firm’s consumer fraud attorneys help St. Louis, MO, clients fight cases.
Here at the Dixon Injury Firm, we work to help injured people put their lives back together. For the most part, that means securing compensation for physically injured individuals. We also step in to represent individuals that have been harmed by other types of wrongful conduct, including consumer fraud.
Dixon offers a variety of legal services. This includes personal injury, workers compensation, product liability, and other claims. Our St. Louis consumer fraud lawyers bring quality legal counsel to clients and their families. Please contact us for additional information and a free consultation from our consumer fraud attorneys.
St. Louis Consumer Fraud Lawyers
When you open a consumer fraud case in St. Louis, it’s crucial to secure legal counsel with experience. Dixon Injury Firm’s personal injury and liability lawyers ensure clients have the resources they need to win a settlement. Here are a few questions to ask St. Louis consumer fraud lawyers:
How much will legal representation cost me? This varies on the consumer fraud case and various factors. We utilize a contingency system, which means our services are free.
How much would I win? Again, this also depends on the claim. Our St. Louis consumer fraud attorneys try to win clients medical expenses, personal hardship, and other compensation.
What do I do now? The first step is to contact Dixon for more info and consultation from our consumer fraud lawyers.
What is Consumer Fraud?
In America, businesses are expected to meet certain minimum standards by refraining from unfair and deceptive tactics. To get a sense of the most common types of consumer fraud issues, you can take a look at the Federal Trade Commission’s annual list of consumer complaints. By far the biggest source of complaints relates to debt collection, which is regulated at the federal level by the Fair Debt Collection Act (Missouri does not have a comparable state law).
The law says that debt collectors cannot call you at odd hours, and they cannot call you at work. You can also write to a debt collector to tell them to stop contacting you, and they are supposed to stop unless they are confirming your request or informing you they are about to file a lawsuit. They also cannot publish your name to shame you or threaten you. They cannot make fraudulent statements, like falsely suggesting you have committed a crime or threatening legal actions they do not intend to take.
The FTC says their second biggest source of complaints are imposter scams. These are schemes where an imposter convinces you to hand over money for one reason or another. One common cover for scammers is the Internal Revenue Service. A caller might say they are with the IRS and that you owe money for your taxes that needs to be paid immediately with a wire transfer or prepaid debit card. If you send that money it is very hard to ever get it back.
Identity theft is the next biggest issue for the FTC. They warn that basically anything you read about in the news can become an identity theft scheme. For example, when healthcare open enrollment is in the news then you may get a call asking for your private information so you can sign up for health care. When the Equifax breach was in the news scammers would call and ask for information to supposedly help protect your data. The Commission can work with consumers to help them put a fraud alert on their credit report if they think anything is amiss.
Consumer fraud is not always shady debt collectors and scammers. For example, the ride-sharing company Uber has been sued for consumer fraud for getting hacked and then failing to disclose that to the 57 million customers and drivers that had their data stolen. Cases that big are generally conducted as a “class action,” which means that the court will resolve the dispute for a group of “representative parties” and then apply the ruling to the millions of other people in the same class. This is an important tool for the courts, because the court system would melt down if it had to resolve 57 million lawsuits related to one single hacking.
More About Consumer Fraud Lawyers in St. Louis
Christopher R. Dixon and the Dixon Injury Firm specialize in consumer fraud claims and additional personal and workplace accidents. Recognized by the National Trial Lawyers Association as a Top 100 Trial Lawyer, Chris understands how difficult these cases are for victims. To help alleviate financial stress, Dixon’s trial lawyers make things easier by offering a contingency payment plan. This enables you to pay only if the case is won. Dixon Injury Firm’s legal services are free until then.
The Dixon Injury Firm specializes in helping injured people put their lives back together, and we recognize that not all injuries are physical. Consumer fraud can cause enormous stress for its victims, and that can manifest itself in physical symptoms. Whether victims suffer physical maladies or not, helping a victim of consumer fraud is well within our mission and our experience going up against big corporations and insurance companies is put to good use in this area. If you think you have been a victim of consumer fraud, please feel free to contact us at (314) 409-7060 for a free, no-obligation consultation.