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Consumer rights and consumer protection law provides a way for individuals to fight back against abusive business practices. These laws are designed to hold sellers of goods and services accountable when they seek to profit by taking advantage of a consumerís lack of information or bargaining power. Some conduct addressed by consumer rights laws is simply unfair, while other conduct can be described as outright fraud.

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  • Auto Dealer Fraud: When Is It Worth It to Hire a Lawyer?
      by HG.org

    One of the most common types of consumer fraud is auto dealer fraud. A claim of this nature can arise from a number of misrepresentations, deceptive practices or other unethical or immoral behavior. When consumers feel scammed by auto dealers, they may consider hiring a lawyer.

  • Rights of an Owner of a Recalled Vehicle
      by HG.org

    Every years, millions of products are recalled for various reasons. Recalls affect the very smallest of items such as childrenís toys to large objects such as vehicles. When a product is recalled, it is usually due to some safety concern. Knowing the rights associated with recalled items can help consumers.

  • Who in Identity Theft Needs a Lawyer?
      by HG.org

    Identity theft is a crime that occurs when someone obtains another personís private information in a wrongful manner through fraud or deception, usually so that the perpetrator can achieve economic gain. When identity theft occurs, there are two main parties who may wish to seek legal counsel: defendants and victims.

  • Owners of VW, Audi, Porsche "TDI Clean Diesel" Models May Qualify to File a Lawsuit over Emissions Fraud

    Volkswagen admitted it fraudulently misled consumers about the emissions of its "TDI Clean Diesel" models through a defeat device that made the cars appear to emit lower levels of greenhouse gases than they actually did. Volkswagen recalled 11 million Volkswagen and Audi models in connection with the Dieselgate emissions cheating scandal. Hundreds of VW, Audi, and Porsche diesel owners have filed lawsuits against the German automaker over the company's lies and the lost value of their vehicles.

  • What Happens If My Property Is Wrongfully Seized and Sold at Auction?
      by HG.org

    In some instances, a party has the right to reclaim property and sell it off at auction. This can be the case in a number of legal actions, including home foreclosures, vehicle repossessions and storage locker auctions. Additionally, this party is often entitled to receive a deficiency judgment for any amount that the former property owner still owes after subtracting the proceeds and costs of the sale.

  • Five Steps to Take if a Victim of Identity Theft
      by HG.org

    Unfortunately when someone realizes that he or she is a victim of identity theft, this is usually become some negative result has already happened. A person may have been denied credit for which he or she believed would be a certainty. A letter may come in the mail regarding a debt of which the individual was never aware, or the Internal Revenue Service may send a notice of a large tax debt.

  • Warrant Scam
      by HG.org

    Individuals in several states have reported receiving phone calls or emails informing them that there is a warrant for their arrest. This communication is often part of a larger scam in which the con artist attempts to receive money based on this fraud and extortion.

  • Can My Employer Force Me to Break the Law?
      by HG.org

    Due to the difference in the levels between employers and employees, an employer may sometimes try to take advantage of this greater power by requesting an employee to commit some illegal act to further business or personal interests.

  • Can I Get Damages if My New Appliance Caused Damage to My Home?
      by HG.org

    When a person purchases a new appliance, he or she expects it to do the job that it is intended to do. However, in some cases, a defective appliance may cause damage to a personís property through a water leak, electrical issue or other defect. In some instances, a consumer may be able to receive compensation for such damages.

  • How Can I Get a Judgment Released?
      by HG.org

    A Satisfaction of Judgment or Release and Satisfaction is a legal document that shows that the plaintiff has been paid all that he or she is owed, based upon the original judgment against the defendant. This legal document is important because it is not revocable; once it is signed and filed with the court, it cannot be changed. Judgment debtors are usually in a hurry to get this type of release so that the civil action stops adversely affecting their credit.


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