VIRGINIA CONSUMER PROTECTION LITIGATION ATTORNEYS
CONSUMER PROTECTION LITIGATION ATTORNEYS
As a consumer you might expect to be treated fairly and with respect. However, as leading Virginia consumer protection litigation attorneys might explain to you, this does not always happen. It is possible for businesses to engage in practices that are unfair and deceptive. Thankfully, there are state and federal laws that have been established in an attempt to prevent businesses from engaging in these practices. If you have been deceived or defrauded, you have the right to protect yourself and should reach out to the Virginia consumer protection litigation attorneys from MartinWren, P.C.
For years, we have been advocating for consumers living in Virginia. We are very knowledgeable and well versed in the laws that apply to consumer protection. Our track record of success speaks for itself, as does our reputation as being leading Virginia consumer protection litigation attorneys. If you need help to stand up and fight back against a bank, credit card company, lender, or other business, please call MartinWren, P.C.
“Let the Buyer Beware”
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.
Types of Consumer Claims We Have Handled
Homeowners Association Disputes – As a member of a homeowners association you do have certain rights, but even so, disputes do occur. We have handled a large number of cases involving a property owner who is disputing a claim made by a HOA.
Inaccurate Credit Reporting – There are three national credit reporting bureaus. These businesses have a responsibility to compile information that details a person’s credit and their creditworthiness. It is also their duty to ensure the information is accurate, correct, fair, and also that it remains secure and private. If a violation has occurred, we will review it to determine whether or not you have grounds for a claim.
Debt Collection Practices – When a collection agency takes on consumer debt, they may pursue the debtor in a number of ways. Many of these methods are abusive and involve excessive harassment. This is not legal, and under federal laws, the agency may be fined or sued.
Warranty Claims – When a consumer buys a product, they expect it to be safe, usable, and function properly. If these reasonable standards do not uphold, and must be repeatedly repaired or the consumer cannot get a replacement, a Virginia consumer protection litigation attorney may pursue a claim under the Magnuson-Moss Warranty Act.
Billing Mistakes – Most people can relate to finding an error or unauthorized purchases on a credit card statement. Usually, when these are discovered, the credit card company will resolve them. However, if a valid mistake, error, or unauthorization is being ignored by the credit card company, laws under the Fair Credit Billing Act and Electronic Funds Transfer Act may help you to pursue compensation.
Insurance Disputes – Whether you are an individual or a business, if you have insurance and have made a claim, you likely expect that claim to be settled fairly. However, this does not always happen. Whether you are a policyholder involved in a coverage dispute or a bad faith insurance claim, let us help you. We have represented policyholders who are disputing a claim involving property damage, casualty insurance, general liability, auto insurance, homeowners insurance, health insurance, and more.
Call MartinWren, P.C. to Help You With Your Consumer Protection Case
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.