Congratulations if you have never been the victim of consumer fraud - you're lucky. Most people, if not all people, will purchase goods or services at some point in time without having a complete picture of what the seller is offering. When the seller hides certain facts, relating to the product or its cost, the seller is in many instances engaging in consumer fraud. In Missouri, the Missouri Merchandising Practices Act protects consumers against consumer fraud. Specifically, the act prohibits the use of any, "deception, fraud, false pretense, false promise, misrepresentation, unfair practice or the concealment, suppression, or omission" of any important fact about your purchase.
What do I do if I'm a victim of consumer fraud?
If this happens, the first thing to do is realize that your are (a) not alone, and (b) not stupid. Even the most sophisticated and intelligent members of society routinely fall victim to unsavory companies and individuals. Fraudulent schemes target government offices, physicians, lawyers, university professors, owners of high end real estate, and high net-worth investors, as well as financially-strapped hard working people. In addition, many of these unsavory, fraudulent companies rely on the shame and anonymity of their victims to continue their schemes unimpeded.
If this happens to you, take a minute to call our office. Call (314) 725-4400, text (314) 974-3266, or send us a message. We'll talk to you for free, and may even agree to take your case on a contingent fee.
What will your law firm do for me? Class Action v. Individual Lawsuits
We are a litigation firm and designed for the purpose of taking cases to trial. But in many instances there is an easier way to resolve a situation involving consumer fraud. We try to quickly resolve your problem whenever possible. And in many situations we can do this with a letter or phone call.
If we elect to file a lawsuit, we will decide whether to file an individual civil suit, or a class action. For more information on class actions, and how they work, click here. Not all cases will qualify as class actions, but they are often more desirable when your individual damages are small. In order to succeed with a class action, the harm that you suffer must be very similar to the harm suffered by a large group of other people. Fortunately, you do not need to identify or find any of these other people. You can leave that to us.
If you have a question relating to a possible or pending consumer fraud or false advertising case, please send us a direct message, or call our office at (314) 725-4400. For more information on some of our recent cases, please visit our news page. We also have an FAQ relating to personal injury, class action, and other issues.