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Category Archives: Consumer Fraud


Florida Arrests Highlight Importance Of Consumer Awareness

By Suncoast Civil Law |

Consumer fraud, and businesses taking actions that violate consumer protections, is an all-too-common occurrence in every part of the country. Though the U.S. has many protections in place to guard against abuse to consumers, it is always in your best interest to do your homework and look into any business or professional that you… Read More »


Consumer Fraud: Protect Yourself From Auto Repair Fraud

By Suncoast Civil Law |

One of the most common consumer fraud complaints is that an individual feels they were ripped off by an auto repair shop. Everyone who owns a car understands that you have to perform routine maintenance and make occasional repairs in order to keep your vehicle running. However, visiting the auto-repair shop can be a… Read More »


A New Storm Brewing… Beware Of Consumer Fraud In The Wake Of Hurricane Ian

By Suncoast Civil Law |

Hurricane Ian slammed the sunshine state. Reportedly the expected wind damages, storm-surge damages, and complete reported all-out losses from the storm is estimated to reach somewhere between $28 billion and $47 billion dollars. If this estimate turns out to be the case, then Hurricane Ian will be the costliest storm to hit Florida in… Read More »


Are Cryptocurrency Projects Subject To Federal Securities Laws?

By Suncoast Civil Law |

During the recent Super Bowl, the most widely discussed commercials were those for various cryptocurrency projects. This has prompted a good deal of discussion over whether cryptocurrency is a legitimate investment or just another Ponzi scheme. Indeed, one question many people have about cryptocurrency is to what extent, if at all, various consumer protection… Read More »


Federal Court Dismisses Consumer Protection Lawsuit Over 150-Year Old Spice Ban

By Suncoast Civil Law |

Florida’s Deceptive and Unfair Trade Practices Act (FDUTPA) is a state law designed to protect consumers from various forms of business misconduct. A consumer who has suffered a financial loss or injury due to an unfair or deceptive act can file a civil lawsuit against the offending business. However, even if there is a… Read More »


False Advertising: What Consumers Need to Know About Deceptive Advertising Practices

By Suncoast Civil Law |

State and federal law prohibit manufacturers, retailers, and companies from using misleading tactics or false and deceptive advertising practices to increase their sales and profits. A consumer who has been a victim of deceptive advertising practices can seek legal recourse by contacting an experienced consumer fraud lawyer. Most states, including Florida, adopted the Uniform… Read More »


A Number of Hand Sanitizer Companies Identified for Selling Toxic Products to Consumers

By Suncoast Civil Law |

We’ve previously covered a number of severe consumer fraud issues that have arisen due to COVID-19, all of which involve companies trying to make a quick profit, such as one here in Florida that tried to sell bleach as a cure for the virus. Unfortunately, these deceptive, illegal practices that cause consumers to suffer… Read More »


FTC Lawsuit Against Match for Shady Subscription & Other Business Practices Brings a Number of Corporate Practices into Question

By Suncoast Civil Law |

In late September, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced that it was suing the Match Group for issues related to fraudulent business practices and consumer fraud and protection. The Match Group is the owner of most of the notorious dating apps; not just including Match, but also Hinge, OkCupid, PlentyofFish, Tinder. According to the… Read More »


Injunctive Relief in Consumer Fraud Cases

By Suncoast Civil Law |

Consumers have long been able to sue for damages in connection with consumer fraud, but what about injunctive relief? Courts have recently issued split decisions on whether, in addition to collecting damages,  a consumer can also force the manufacturer to change a label.. Specifically, the Ninth Circuit recently held that the consumer who was… Read More »


Consumer Fraud Lawsuit Filed Against Google Concerning Health Care Privacy

By Suncoast Civil Law |

A new consumer fraud lawsuit has been filed against Google and the University of Chicago Medical Center, alleging that healthcare providers failed to protect the privacy of hundreds of thousands of patient medical records. The lawsuit is linked to the companies partnering in research linked to hospital readmissions and, in doing so, allegedly allowing… Read More »