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Far too many people
whether through ignorance or embarassment over having been defrauded
fail to seek out the proper advice and counsel after being victimized
by consumer fraud. There are, however, many avenues through which a defrauded
individual can obtain relief:
Private attorneys and state Attorneys General Offices are empowered by various legal provisions to call unscrupulous businesspeople to account for their fraudulent or deceptive practices, either through a private lawsuit or through a criminal proceeding. Most states have strong Unfair Trade Practices or Consumer Protection laws on the books that allow a victim of fraud or deception to obtain restitution. Some laws provide for stiff fines for fraudulent business practices, and others provide that a defrauded individual is entitled to triple the amount of the money he or she was swindled out of. Unfair Insurance Practices laws and "Lemon" Laws are on the books on most states, as a result of the frequency of abuses in the insurance and automobile industries. Even if your state does not protect its citizens with such laws, a private attorney can always pursue a lawsuit for simple fraud.
Proving fraudulent and deceptive business conduct is not easy. Those who make their living by defrauding others are often very sophistocated and have taken various steps to make it difficult to find them and to gather evidence of their fraudulent conduct. An attorney competent in unraveling fraudulent and deceptive schemes will know the many resources available to him or her to
It would be an uncommon occurrence if an unscrupulous businessperson unleashed a fraudulent or deceptive scheme on just one person. Therefore, the law permits groups of similarly defrauded people, called a "class", to sue as a group in a lawsuit called a "class action".
This informational piece was developed by Monheit, Silverman & Fodera If you or someone close to you have been the victim of a deceptive business practice or fraud and wish to investigate the feasibility of legal action against the perpetrator, Monheit, Silverman & Fodera stand ready to assist you. If you have any additional questions regarding this topic, please call (800) 220-LAW1, or use the "Do I Have A Case?" button on this web site.
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