Our free market system depends on consumers being able to trust producers. In other words, consumers must have assurance that the goods or services they buy will live up to the advertisements and guarantees made and will be safe. While the marketplace used to embrace the idea of caveat emptor – “Let the buyer beware” – consumer protection law offers a number of ways consumers are able to enforce their rights and be protected against unfair, dishonest, and predatory practices of some corporations.
Consumer rights and consumer protection laws are designed to defend consumers against abusive business practices. The consumer laws provide a tool for consumers to use to hold businesses accountable for their unfair or outright fraudulent practices. When sellers of goods and services seek to profit by taking advantage of a consumer’s lack of knowledge or bargaining power, consumer protection laws step in to hold them responsible.
The Virginia consumer protection attorneys at MartinWren, P.C. welcome the opportunity to speak with you about any concerns you may have regarding possible violations of consumer rights law. While pursuing your legal rights can often be expensive, most consumer protection laws award attorney’s fees to the successful consumer. This is meant to ensure that no one is reluctant or financially unable to seek redress for the consumer abuses committed by unscrupulous business practices.
When a client comes to us with a consumer protection claim, we will review the issue and investigate the matter to determine whether a corporation’s practice violates consumer protection laws. In addition, it may be the case that the practice in question is widespread and has impacted other people as well. If the inquiry reveals that other consumers have been similarly affected, a class action lawsuit may be pursued to get compensation for every individual consumer impacted by the wrongdoing of the business.
Consumer protection class action lawsuits are important and powerful tools as they allow a large number of consumers to recover for the deceptive and unfair conduct of unscrupulous businesses and companies. While the individual harm may be nominal, class action lawsuits allow for the consumers to band together to hold businesses responsible. This levels the playing field in some respects and allows a group of victimized consumers to present a formidable legal challenge to even the largest and most powerful corporations.
Some of the consumer protection issues that frequently evolve into class action lawsuits are:
- Defective products
- False Advertising
- Deceptive trade practices
- Insurance bad faith
- Unsolicited and harassing phone calls
- Breach of warranties
If you believe you have been the victim of a consumer protection violation, whether big or small, contact the consumer litigation attorneys at MartinWren, P.C. Our lawyers will listen to your concerns, explore the facts, and advise you on the best way to seek redress from the unscrupulous business practices.
MartinWren, P.C.’s Virginia consumer protection litigation attorneys have aggressively represented consumers who have been victims of all types of consumer fraud and consumer abuse. We are well versed in the nuances of the various state and federal causes of action for consumer protection, and we are experienced in working out fee structures that benefit our clients today and for the long term. Please call John B. Simpson or Robert E. Byrne, Jr., our Virginia consumer litigation attorneys, at (434)817-3100.