In a society focused on profits, consumers sometimes suffer at the hands of businesses and large corporations. Consumer protection laws have been established to protect the purchasers of goods and services, but these federal and state regulations can be difficult to understand and enforce. Located in Kansas City, the Barnes Law Firm LLC strives to put consumers on an equal footing with powerful companies by vigorously pursuing relief for victims of predatory, deceptive, and unscrupulous business practices. In cases involving banking, credit, automobiles, real estate and other commercial matters, our experienced attorneys help Missouri and Kansas clients obtain fair remedies from the entities that misled or mistreated them.
Starting with a free initial consultation, we will outline the options that exist if you’ve been victimized by false advertising, unsafe products or some other problem associated with goods or services that you’ve acquired. Many consumer protection laws address specific industries and misconduct, such as:
Other areas of consumer protection include protection against unsafe products, medical equipment and mislabeled products. “Lemon laws” also exist to ensure that product warranties are honored and information is disclosed when purchasing motor vehicles. Regardless of the particular circumstances, we will represent you as if representing a member of our family, working hard to get you the legal relief you deserve.
In addition to the federal regulations that protect consumers, Missouri has its own consumer protection act: the Missouri Merchandising Practices Act (MMPA), passed in 1967. It expands the definition of fraud to “any deception, fraud, false pretense, false promise, misrepresentation, unfair practice or the concealment, suppression, or omission of any material fact in connection with the sale or advertisement of any merchandise in trade or commerce.” Four essential elements must be present to succeed in a claim against a business:
Aside from allowing class action lawsuits, the MMPA includes a clause that requires attorney fees in these kinds of cases to be “reasonable” so that consumers are not deterred by high legal costs.
The Barnes Law Firm LLC represents consumers who have been harmed by manufacturers and service providers in Missouri and Kansas. To schedule a free consultation at our Kansas City, Missouri office, please call 816-221-4321 or contact us online.