“Consumer Law” is a very broad subject including issues about warranties, sales, lending, housing, real estate, contracts, defective services and injuries from defective products. I have experience with many types of consumer protection arbitrations and lawsuits for businesses and individual consumers including for example:
- breach of contract and bad faith claims against insurance companies for refusing to pay claims they owe people they insured
- premises liability claims involving land and real property, personal injuries, crimes and inadequate security
- lawsuits against apartment projects and mobile home parks for nuisances, inadequate maintenance or billing practices, for court-ordered installation of security devices, and monetary damages
- claims against creditors and debt-collection agencies for false statements pursuant to the Fair Credit Reporting Act and the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act
- suits against predatory lenders such as used car dealers, “payday lenders” or others for failure to comply with the Truth in Lending Act, the Real Estate Settlement Procedures Act or charging excessive and usurious interest
- suits against home and vehicle service companies for refusing to honor their consumer warranty contracts
- suits against realtors, developers and mortgage brokers for deceptive or fraudulent real estate schemes
- lawsuits and arbitrations against telephone, TV and other utility companies or service providers for abusive billing practices and false advertising
- “lemon law” claims
I was also lead counsel in the Stamps.com case that the Defendant and the Court of Appeals said was potentially a $93,000,000 case. The Court opinion is HERE. Consumer protection lawsuits can be interesting and challenging. For good results in these types of matters, your lawyer must pay attention to the details and must understand the sometimes very complex laws that apply. I am not on “a learning curve” as to these kinds of case. I have successfully handled many of these types of cases all the way through jury trials.
The New Mexico Attorney General and the Better Business Bureau each administer a consumer complaint program whereby the agency will contact a business for a customer and request an explanation. If possible, the agency will mediate a resolution to the dispute. For many types of consumer complaints, it can be very helpful to attempt a resolution through these agencies before contacting a private attorney. Large amounts of information are readily available on the internet regarding consumer protection issues and the remedies available for common consumer problems.
If you have been taken advantage of by an unscrupulous business, Call Santa Fe Attorney Childress at 505-433-9823.
Do you continue to receive unwanted telemarketing calls despite the fact your phone number is listed on the National Do-Not-Call Registry? You can charge telemarketers up to $1500 for each unlawful call pursuant to the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (“the TCPA”). Telemarketers can also be made to pay court costs and attorney fees. Fed up with Robo-Calls? I Sue Telemarketers! If you are ready to get paid instead of angry, call Childress at 505-433-9823