Milwaukee Consumer Protection Attorneys
Federal Consumer Protection in Southeast Wisconsin
So many times in Wisconsin and across the nation the consumer is met with grossly misleading and unethical practices when buying goods and services in the marketplace. The federal government and every state have implemented laws designed to provide consumers certain assurances and protections. If you have been the victim of consumer fraud or misleading conduct by merchants or businesses, you may have a legal case against them.
The skilled Milwaukee consumer protection lawyers in the Law Office of Rollie R. Hanson, S.C. have protected the rights of Wisconsin residents for 25 years. We have represented clients in suits against public and private corporations, institutions, and commercial companies throughout southeast Wisconsin, including Milwaukee, Ozaukee, and Waukesha Counties.
Consumer Rights in the State of Wisconsin
Federal consumer laws are a form of government regulations, positioned to shield consumers from predatory business practices, including fraudulent, deceptive, and misleading conduct. The laws also promote fair trade and give consumers grounds on which to fight back. The Federal Trade Commission’s (FTC) Bureau of Consumer Protection collects consumer complaints and conducts investigations of the businesses that violate consumer rights. They share some of these complaints with Wisconsin law enforcement agencies, which may seek criminal penalties against these predatory businesses.
Under the Consumer Protection Act, consumers have the right to:
- Protect against the marketing of hazardous products, goods, and services;
- The free flow of reliable information about the quality, quantity, potency, purity, and price of goods or services;
- Protect against exploitation and unfair trade practices;
- Access to a variety of prices and competitively priced goods and services;
- A means to express opinions and complaints and to be heard in an appropriate forum;
- Information and education on consumer products and services; and
- Redress through the courts for unfair practices.
Consumers also have the right to accuracy on their credit reports. Banks and credit card companies have a responsibility to provide correct and accurate information to the credit reporting agencies. Further, the credit reporting agencies have a duty to take steps to ensure the maximum possible accuracy for an individual’s credit report. However, at times things go wrong and inaccurate information appears. Our consumer protection attorneys can help you if you are faced with inaccuracies on your credit report.
Under the Fair Credit Reporting Act, consumers have a right to dispute inaccuracies on their credit report. Furnishers and credit reporting agencies have an obligation to investigate disputes and make necessary corrections when you notify them of an inaccuracy. Inaccurate information on a credit report can affect your ability to get a loan, employment and even rent an apartment. There is a specific procedure you must follow under the FCRA. If you find inaccurate information on your credit report, let our credit reporting lawyers give you some advice and assistance and inform you of your rights.
Experienced Consumer Protection Lawyers
When a consumer acquires goods or services for direct use or ownership he/she is entitled to certain protections in the transactions, and to a range of assurances about the use and quality of the products. A business cannot engage in unfair or deceptive acts and practices. Our Milwaukee consumer protection lawyers will help protect you against fraudulent consumer practices or defective goods.
Through an individual lawsuit or a class action suit, you can make consumer claims against businesses to obtain redress in compensatory and punitive damages. Bring your case to our experienced attorneys, and we will pursue the appropriate remedies on your behalf. Contact our West Allis office at (414) 321-9733 to schedule an initial consultation. We handle consumer protection cases and a wide range of other practice areas for clients throughout southeastern Wisconsin.