Consumer Protection Lawyer in West Virginia
Charleston law firm advocating for fair business and marketing practices
Consumers face a daily onslaught of advertising designed to entice the public to part with their money, often employing deceptive or fraudulent practices to sell products, services, and investment opportunities.
Calwell Luce diTrapano PLLC's Charleston, lawyers advocate for consumers’ rights to transparency and fairness. Our West Virginia consumer protection attorneys hold corporations accountable for the false promises they make and the faulty products and services they produce. If you have been cheated by a business or have become a victim of consumer fraud, we go after the companies to help you recover your losses.
Common consumer cases
Some incidents of consumer fraud are considered criminal and are prosecuted by federal and state agencies. To recover damages, however, generally, you must file a civil lawsuit for financial compensation. Our law firm sues for illegal actions involving the following:
- Product defects
- Warranty problems
- Unauthorized and excessive banking finance and insurance charges
- Debt collection violations
- Mortgage lending abuses
- Misleading and deceptive marketing
- Prize promotions
- Inferior goods and services
- Investment fraud
- Debt consolidation and credit repair
- Counterfeit drugs
- Nondisclosure of pharmaceutical risks
Consumer protection laws
A number of both State and Federal laws are available in West Virginia to protect consumers. Calwell Luce diTrapano PLLC can pursue claims for financial compensation and injunctive relief under the following laws:
- Consumer Credit Protection Act
- Fair Debt Collection Practices Act
- Fair Credit Reporting Act
- Truth in Lending Act
- Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act
- Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act
- Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act
- Food Safety Modernization Act
Class action consumer claims
Often a consumer case is reflective of wider deceptive practices targeting multiple consumers. A group may benefit from filing a class action lawsuit by lowering litigation costs, expediting the legal process, and increasing its power to fight large corporations. For example, a class action designation allowed Calwell Luce diTrapano PLLC effectively to represent West Virginia consumers who were sold hormone drugs without the manufacturer disclosing the true risks to patients and their doctors. The success of this case depended largely on the fact that it was a class action.
Class actions can also allow plaintiffs with smaller claims to move forward with a lawsuit. For example, you may decide that the expenditure of considerable time and resources outweighs the benefit of trying to obtain a few hundred or a few thousand dollars in compensation and decline to pursue your case against a large corporation that defrauded you. However, the inclusion of numerous plaintiffs in a class action may make your claim seem more worthwhile with the potential to recover substantial combined damages.
Consult our Charleston legal team about recovering damages in a consumer protection claim
For more information about consumer protection claims, call Calwell Luce diTrapano PLLC at 304-400-6558, or, contact our law firm online to schedule a free consultation.