CONSUMER FRAUD

Kansas City Consumer Protection Attorneys Fight for Clients

 

PROVEN ADVOCATES BATTLE TO COLLECT COMPENSATION FOR FRAUD VICTIMS

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.

KNOWLEDGEABLE FIRM HANDLES A FULL RANGE OF CONSUMER PROTECTION ACTIONS

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:

  • The Truth in Lending Act — This provision gives individuals the ability to see how their credit status and other factors affect the financing they need to purchase homes, vehicles and other expensive items.
  • The Fair Credit Billing Act — Billing errors and unfair practices can create short- and long-term problems for credit-card users. When warranted, we use this law to help clients gain relief and reimbursement for improperly applied charges, interest and penalties.
  • The Fair Credit Reporting Act — Inaccurate information in a credit report could be shared with financial institutions and other businesses. Our firm pursues justice on behalf of people who’ve been hurt by faulty financial reporting.
  • The Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetics Act — The Food and Drug Administration has the authority to oversee the safety of food, drugs and cosmetics. If you or a family member has been harmed by one of these items, we’ll advise you on action you can take.
  • The Fair Debt Collection Practices Act — This act prohibits creditors and the collectors they use from employing abusive or misleading practices in their attempt to collect debt. It also requires creditors to give debtors the ability to evaluate the information being used against them.

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.

SKILLFUL LAWYERS LITIGATE MISSOURI MERCHANDISING PRACTICES ACT CASES

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:

  • It must involve the purchase, advertisement or solicitation of merchandise.
  • The good or service must have been for a personal, family, or household purpose.
  • You must have suffered an ascertainable loss of money or property.
  • The loss was a result of an act committed before, during, or after a sale or advertisement that was unlawful.

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.

Contact a proven Kansas City consumer protection lawyer for a free consultation

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

RECENT RESULTS

$5.3 Million jury verdict for railroad work injured in slip and fall accident.

$35 Million judgment for motorcycle driver who suffered a lower left leg and right arm amputation as a result of a motor vehicle collision

$10.2 Million judgment for class members damaged by the City of Kansas City’s failure to comply with a prior court order requiring Kansas City to provide refuse collection services, of the cash equivalent thereof, to the class

$4 Million settlement for family members of victim killed in a drunk driving accident

KENNETH E. BARNES
JOHN M. CUSICK
KYLE S. BELEW

REVIEWS & REWARDS

John Cusik and the lawyers at
Barnes law firm have shown me nothing but the best in human nature. In times
when you need a lawyer they make that experience easier and take care of the
things that a good lawyer is suppose to do.

Pat Bolin

I’m extremely pleased with the work of John Cusick and his partners. John
Cusick is great at what he does and I would recommend him to anyone. Beautiful
law firm and great staff.

Stacy Green

If you want someone that genuinely cares for you and what you are going
through these are your guys, especially John. John was able to take charge of
my case and produce wonderful outcomes. Everything was always broken down to
me in words I could understand and never felt pressured.

Jenesis Magana

John Cusick has to be one of the best! He really cares and get right to business... I’m very happy how everything turned out!

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