The Keeton Firm LLC represents consumers injured by deceptive or fraudulent business practices. These practices are commonly known as “false advertising” cases. Consumer protection laws, including Pennsylvania’s Unfair Trade Practices and Consumer Protection Law, provide remedies for consumers who lose time and money due to many types of deceptive, illegal, and fraudulent activities.
Examples of Consumer Fraud and Deception
Deceptive practices outlawed by federal and state law includes:
• Deceptive Product Labeling
• Deceptive or Disguised Charges (“Hidden Fees”)
• Misleading or False Advertising
• False Sale Pricing (“Always on Sale” litigation)
• Deceptive or Misleading Product and Service Warranties
• Fraudulent Franchise and Business Offers
• Deceptive Travel Offers
Consumer Fraud Lawsuits
Consumer fraud lawsuits may be filed in state or federal court. Many state consumer protection laws, including Pennsylvania’s Unfair Trade Practices and Consumer Protection Law, grant plaintiffs a private right of action for losses caused by the deceptive action.
Consumer fraud lawsuits are generally filed as class actions because the individual consumer may only suffer losses too small to bring an individual claim. For example, a company may deceive a consumer for $250 and the time and cost related to getting this remedied is too great. As a result, a company may do this to hundreds or thousands of consumers because there is no recourse. Consumer fraud class actions enable society and consumers to stop fraudulent, deceptive, and dishonest business practices.