Consumer Protection

Redressing Privacy Infringement and Deceptive Advertising

Ahdoot & Wolfson, PC provides clients in California, New York, and throughout the United States with exceptional legal representation for consumer protection matters.  What we’ve done in prior consumer law cases has amounted to hundreds of millions of dollars in settlements and judgments, including the millions we’ve given back to non-profit organizations.

All states have some form of consumer protection laws.  In California, consumers may pursue claims against corporate defendants under the Consumers Legal Remedies Act (CLRA), the California False Advertising Law, and the California Unfair Business Practices Act.  New York also provides strong protection against False Advertising and Deceptive Trade Practices.  Our attorneys handle all types of consumer claims in jurisdictions throughout the nation, whether on behalf of an individual client or as part of a class action.

False and Misleading Advertising

Our attorneys represent plaintiffs as individuals and, in many cases, as class representatives on behalf of other consumers similarly situated in cases involving advertisements with misrepresentations, material omissions, misleading or nonexistent product guarantees, and erroneous statements concerning the alleged quality or benefits of the product or service.  Consumers defrauded or scammed by these misleading advertisements often suffer economic damages, yet each consumer’s damages may be a relatively small dollar amount.  However, class actions benefit all consumers adversely affected by the false advertising, which can be a nationwide class of individuals.  A settlement in favor of the class can benefit the public at large by deterring and preventing such misleading advertising tactics.  The Ahdoot & Wolfson consumer class action practice has a distinguished history of successful results fighting these deceptive business practices.

Invasion of Privacy and Unauthorized Disclosure

Consumers regularly entrust large companies with their confidential financial data.  These service providers, whether they are insurance agents, accountants, or investment counselors, have a fiduciary duty to their clients.  Medical information is another form of sensitive personal data that consumers rely on doctors, hospitals, and insurance providers to maintain in confidence.  However, even within the last few years, numerous multinational corporations have disclosed this sensitive data through unauthorized, unsecured publication on the Internet or, in some cases, through security breaches by internet hackers.  These instances of unauthorized disclosure are civilly actionable, as consumers can become susceptible to identity theft.

Many internet-based companies may be liable to consumers for the unauthorized use of personal data.  Unlike situations of unauthorized disclosure, these companies manipulate user data to track and profile customers for targeted advertising and other profit-driven tactics, in some cases even selling the personal data to third parties.  While companies typically provide disclaimers requesting authorization for the use of personal data, in some instances these authorization requests are misleading, confusing, or even entirely absent.  These invasions of privacy can affect millions of consumers, even if the affected consumer is not a member or subscriber.  Our attorneys are committed to protecting consumer rights on the Internet and promoting the privacy interests of the general public, taking on the most powerful web-based corporations to fight this unauthorized usage of personal data.

Fraudulent Billing

The Ahdoot & Wolfson consumer protection practice also handles cases in which consumers have been assessed fraudulent fees.  Credit card companies, accounting firms, insurance providers, banks, rental car companies, hotels, and cellular service providers may face civil liability for overcharges or undisclosed fees.  Our attorneys can also help consumers fight fraudulent lending schemes that prey on indebted individuals with false assurances of financial recovery.  Many homeowners have also been adversely affected by mortgage fraud, including hidden mortgage fees and unwarranted foreclosure proceedings.  At Ahdoot & Wolfson, we can help an entire class of consumers fight these unfair and deceptive business practices.

Experienced Consumer Protection Attorneys

Our attorneys have the litigation experience and nationwide knowledge of consumer protection laws to provide you with exceptional representation.  Contact Ahdoot & Wolfson today for a free consultation with one of our attorneys to determine your rights and legal remedies.  We regularly represent consumers on a contingency basis, with the resources to finance the costs of class action litigation at no cost to the client until a recovery is obtained.