Have you been the victim of unfair merchant practices?
When it comes to purchasing a car, buying a home or contracting with another party for goods or services, businesses have many advantages over consumers. Sadly, there are times when a business uses those advantages to the detriment of Missouri consumers. Bad business practices can take many forms but produce the same result. There are times when a business may mislead you into buying products or services that are faulty or different from the way they were advertised. Sometimes a business will make promises, and then break them at a later date resulting in consumers losing money and being left in a difficult position.
Don't feel helpless, YOU ARE NOT ALONE.
At our office, we believe that businesses should be held accountable just like everyone else. Businesses have a duty to consumers to be open and honest in their dealings, and should be punished when they breach that duty. Thats why our practice focuses on protecting the rights of Missouri consumers who feel helpless against powerful businesses. We employ many resources into helping consumers get back on their feet even if it means taking their case to court. We stand ready to serve you. If you have been the victim of unfair merchant practices, you are not alone. Our office has had success helping to protect Missouri consumers just like you and we can help you fight back.
Missouri has adopted laws to protect consumers & level the playing field
Missouri had adopted consumer-friendly laws that protect against bad business practices inlcuding the Missouri Merchandising Practices Act (MPA). The Merchandising Practices Act expressly prohibits "the act, use or employment by any person of 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 or the solicitation of any funds for any charitable purpose, as defined in section 407.453, in or from the state of Missouri." A business is liable under the MPA if it violates any one of the "prohibited acts" regardless if the business did so before, during or after the sale.
The Missouri Merchandising Practices Act covers many situations and may serve as a way for you to recover the money that you have lost and may also cover your attorney's fees!
The MPA is very broad. Most transactions including car purchases, real estate, service contracts, even loans that are serviced by National banks are included. (Insurance, Media and Missouri financial institutions are the only types of transactions that are excluded) The MPA also allows the Court to award attorney's fees. If your case falls under the protections of the MPA, you may be able to get your attorney's fees covered. Contact our office to schedule a free consultation and learn more about how we can use the law to help you in your fight against bad business practices. Call us today!