CONSUMERS | Fraudulent and Deceptive Selling Practices

Federal and state law contain a variety of protections for consumers against fraudulent and deceptive selling practices and Mike McCormick and Boyd Law Firm is ready to assist you if you believe you have been victimized by such practices. 

Federal and state consumer protection agencies offer information about scams and practices to avoid.

If you have encountered a problem with a transaction or a product or service, compare your situation to this list of prohibited practices. If your experience matches any of these, you may have a claim. 

If you believe you have a claim, don't delay, but gather the following information before calling a lawyer: 

  • Name, address, phone number, web address and other contact information for the person or company you want to complain about
  • What you bought-the product's name, make, model and any identifying numbers
  • The date when you bought the product or had the work or service done
  • What you were charged for the product or service
  • What you had to spend to try to fix the problem
  • All documents containing information about your dealings with the seller or service provider, such as invoices, letters, e-mails, warranties, product manuals, instructions, advertisements, copies of web pages, and any documents the merchant gave you in connection with the product or service

If you want to file suit, you must give notice to the person or company you believe has committed a deceptive practice at least sixty days before you file your suit. The court can abate (hold up or delay) the lawsuit if it is filed sooner than sixty days after the notice is given to the defendant. Your notice must describe, in reasonable detail, your specific complaint and the amount of economic damages, damages for mental anguish, and expenses, including attorneys' fees, if any, reasonably incurred by you in asserting the claim. During the 60-day period the defendant has a right to request an inspection of the goods that are the subject of your complaint. The inspection has to be done in a reasonable manner and at a reasonable time and place.