Bradenton Consumer Fraud Lawyer
Florida consumers are protected under state and federal laws against unfair, illegal, or deceptive business practices. When businesses engage in any of these acts, a Bradenton consumer fraud lawyer can help victimized consumers recover financial compensation. The lawyers of Suncoast Civil Law are experienced fraud attorneys who stand up and fight for the financial interests of clients who have been taken advantage of by fraudulent business practices. It is important to take action quickly, which is why we encourage you to contact us today.
Defining Consumer Fraud
Consumer fraud occurs when a consumer suffers real harm, caused by fraudulent business practices. Like many types of theft, consumer fraud takes many forms, with some being outright thievery, and others more subtle, and therefore more complicated to prove. Examples of common fraud schemes include the following:
- Misrepresenting or Omitting Material Facts: The misrepresentation or omission of facts is a common type of consumer fraud. In order for a plaintiff to receive compensation from the fraudulent party, the plaintiff must be able to give proof of the misrepresentation, show that they were exposed to that false information, show that they acted upon that information, and as such were harmed, according to research published in Science Direct.
- False Advertising: Similar to misrepresentation of facts, false advertising entices consumers to purchase a product using false information. Consumers who are victims of false advertising are entitled to compensation, under Truth in Advertising Laws, according to the Federal Trade Commission. Many advertising schemes are misleading, but there is a fine line between immoral and illegal advertising practices.
- Unfair Pricing: Have you ever read the small print in a contract or sales agreement? Few people do. Typically, all that is in there are the terms and conditions of the agreement. However, some businesses are more sinister than others. Hidden prices and fees are sometimes used to deceive consumers about the true price of a product that they purchased. While a business has every right to charge whatever they want for a given product, hiding the true price from the buyer is illegal.
- Unfair Terms and Conditions: When terms and conditions are hidden from consumers, or tricky language is used to confuse or mislead a consumer, there may be legal grounds to file a lawsuit to recover financial damages. Businesses that hide conditions or resort to practices that mislead consumers in order to make a sale have broken the law, and must be held accountable by an experienced Bradenton consumer fraud lawyer.
Helping Victims of Consumer Fraud in Bradenton
Many victims of consumer fraud are unaware that they have been taken advantage of. For those who realize that something illegal took place, they often do not know where to turn for help. Here at Suncoast Civil Law, we assist victims of consumer fraud by suing or filing claims with the responsible party, and fighting for fair compensation until it is received. Let our Bradenton consumer fraud attorneys help you by calling 941-366-1800. Our consultations are completely confidential, and you can schedule at your convenience today.