Deceptive Trade Practices
Have you ever seen an advertisement where the product seemed too good to be true? Chances are you’re right. Unfortunately, there are some businesses and companies out there who make money by deceiving consumers and providing false information in order to get them to purchase their products or services.
Examples of such deceptive trade practices include but are not limited to:
- False or misleading information about sponsorship, ingredients, benefits, quantities, approvals, etc.
- Selling a used or altered product and presenting it as new
- Misleading advertising, including those that display a product or service in different ways than they’re intended to be sold
- Misrepresenting the reason for a discount or the comparison between a business’s price and that of a competitor’s
- Falsely stating that a repair or service is needed
- Falsifying the reason for a sale or discount
Consumer Protection – Illegal Debt Collection
One of the most common sources of stress and anxiety for our clients arises from attempts – often by community associations and their property managers – to collect money from homeowners that is not actually owed. Both federal and state law take seriously illegal debt collection, and it is sometimes true that we uncover illegal debt collection in our representation of homeowners.
Associations often attempt to revoke property rights in an attempt to collect debt, a practice which is often illegal. Other times Associations assert a right to collect fees not provided for by law or seek attorneys’ fees substantially greater than would actually be awarded as reasonable in a court of law.
Because these types of cases often settle confidentially, we are unable to list the many cases we have won on behalf of homeowners subject to illegal debt collection. If your Board of Directors or property manager has implemented a rule or policy that permits the taking of your property rights in an effort to collect debt, please contact us.
To discuss your case with one of our Crofton and Bowie consumer protection attorneys, call (410) 919-2121.