Consumers deserve protection. Big, international corporations often intentionally create advertising campaigns or other marketing intended to deceive or mislead consumers so they can profit from their purchase. At Taylor, Warren, Weidner & Hancock, we fight for your right to honest and truthful marketing and strive to make sure—if you believe you have been the victim of an unfair and deceptive marketing tactic—you know your rights and how you may be able to recover compensation.
What Is a Consumer Claim?
If you entered into a contract for services or purchased an item, and it was not what the seller represented to you it would be, you may have a consumer claim. There are specific laws in place that protect consumers from fraudulent or deceptive consumer sales. These include the Florida Unfair and Deceptive Trade Practices Act, (commonly referred to as “FDUPTA”), the Fair Debt Collection Act, and many other laws and rulings from the Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”). A consumer that has a claim may be entitled to money damages under FDUPTA if the conduct of the seller was unfair, misleading, fraudulent, or deceptive.
Consumer Class Actions
Often cases like these can turn into class actions because the seller deceived many consumers into making a purchase. A class action may be the best way to pursue a deceitful seller when the seller mislead many people, but their individual damages are too small to justify an individual lawsuit. For example, if a seller falsely advertised a food item as having nutritional benefits that it did not, each consumer's damages may only be the dollar difference paid for the presumed “healthier” product. While it would not be worth it to file an individual lawsuit over one dollar, it can be very effective to file on behalf of an entire class of purchasers—whose collective dollars may amount to millions in damages—in order to hold a fraudulent company accountable. Class actions may also be the best vehicle for consumer claims, even when each individual victim's damages are high, say in the thousands, if the deceitful conduct is substantially the same in every transaction. Here, a class action is the most effective use of judicial resources because the evidence needed to prove the claim will then be substantially the same for each wrongful purchase.
We Fight to Protect Consumers from Unfair Trade Practices
At Taylor, Warren, Weidner & Hancock, our experienced consumer claims attorneys have been fighting for the rights of consumers for over fifteen years. We have pursued national and international corporations when evidence has shown they knowingly marketed their services or products in a manner that was misleading to the public. If you feel you have been deceived by a marketing tactic or misrepresentation, it is important to have your claim evaluated by an experienced consumer claim attorney to determine whether you should file a lawsuit. We would need to review the sale or service contract, the details of what was represented to you before any money changed hands, as well as other details about the marketing. If you or a loved one believes you may have fallen victim to a deceptive marketing practice, contact one of our experienced consumer claims attorneys immediately for a no-cost, no-obligation consultation to learn your rights.
Taylor, Warren, Weidner & Hancock is currently investigating the following consumer claims:
Defective 3M Earplugs: Military Hearing Loss Claims
TWWH attorneys, Phillip Warren and Keith Weidner, relied on earplugs to protect their hearing when they served in the United States Marine Corps. When TWWH learned the government brought a claim against 3M for knowingly selling defective earplugs, we knew the victims of this injustice were the people who relied on those earplugs. We believe 3M should be held accountable to the victims and have to compensate those who suffered from tinnitus or hearing loss as a result of their defective earplugs. If you or a loved one used dual-sided 3M Combat Arms Earplugs after 2003 and have suffered hearing loss or tinnitus, you may be entitled to compensation. Contact our office immediately for a free no-cost, no-obligation confidential case evaluation. Learn more here.
Water Treatment Unfair and Deceptive Trade Practices Claims
Imagine being deceived into believing the water from your tap, that you and your family use every day, is unsafe. Even worse, what if you were unfairly convinced that the only solution to this “problem” would be to purchase an expensive water-softening system that you, in fact, do not need because, in reality, your water is perfectly safe. This is exactly what happened to our clients, and it is exactly why we took legal action when we learned about a misleading in-home water testing scheme that uses scare tactics and aggressive sales practices to sell water-softening systems for thousands of dollars more than comparable products available over the counter. If you purchased a water treatment system after an in-home water test, contact us for a free case evaluation to find out if you may be entitled to compensation. Learn more here.