Consumer Fraud Lawyers
As a consumer, you have the right to be treated ethically, and receive products and services that work as advertised. Consumer fraud encompasses a wide-range of unlawful and unfair acts. It can mean hidden fees, price fixing, antitrust litigation, and more.
Stephen M. Garcia and his team of consumer fraud lawyers at Garcia, Artigliere & Schadrack have a successful history of representing people against companies whose products or policies are deceptive or defective. We have achieved multi-million dollar jury verdicts and settlements. We have pursued a number of large-scale consumer fraud cases, including cases against high-profile companies with familiar names such as:
- AOL and Best Buy
- Bluetooth Headsets
- S-Ram, Flash Memory
How to identify consumer fraud:
Consumer fraud exists when you buy something that doesn’t work as it’s advertised to work. The “something” can be a defective product, a real estate swindle, a fake charitable cause, bad faith denial of insurance coverage, a travel scam, as well as many other shams.
The United States government and all state governments have consumer protection laws to protect you against many forms of fraud and unfair business practices. The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) is the main federal agency enforcing consumer protection laws. The FTC uses what it calls “industry guides” and trade regulations to define what an “unfair or deceptive” trade practice is.
Enforcement is achieved via administrative proceedings, lawsuits or FTC rule making power. State laws also protect consumers. Your state has common law (judge-made law), giving you protection against fraudulent business practices.
How to prove consumer fraud:
To prove consumer fraud, you usually must prove:
- The person doing business with you made a false statement of “material fact” (a fact that was important to your transaction).
- The person making the statement knew or believed the statement was false.
- You relied on the false statement to your detriment.
The best option, if you suspect you have been a victim of consumer fraud, is to contact a lawyer specialized in consumer fraud. This allows us to start collecting evidence immediately.
Individual Enforcement vs. Class Action
Consumer protection law often allows you to file a private civil lawsuit. Sometimes the amount of money each consumer is losing is too small for an individual lawsuit, where a class action suit may be the best option. With over 26 years of experience in consumer fraud litigation, we can help you determine the best course of action based on your needs.
When it comes to confronting large companies, Stephen Garcia and his team of consumer fraud lawyers take aggressive and ethical action, to help you achieve the best results possible. Stephen Garcia and his consumer fraud lawyers have a history of multi-million dollar verdicts and settlements to prove our expertise.
Contact a Consumer Fraud Lawyer
For a free, no-obligation consultation, contact Stephen Garcia and his team of consumer fraud lawyers at Garcia, Artigliere & Schadrack.
$750 Million: Eight partial class action settlements were preliminarily approved by the court against 12 corporate defendants that manufacture TFT-LCDs used in flat panel televisions, computer monitors, mobile phones, and more.
$8 Million: AOL and Best Buy were held responsible for fraudulent business practices.
$5.4 Million: An Orange County, Calif., court imposes injunction and monetary relief to elder and infirm adults in Sunwest long-term healthcare facilities in California.
$4.25 Million: Pleasant Care Corporation is held responsible for systematic violations of rules, laws, and regulations enacted to protect elder and infirm adults in their long-term healthcare facilities.