Wisconsin Consumer Protection Attorneys

Advocating for Consumers’ Rights to be Treated Fairly in the Marketplace

Wisconsin law and federal law protect the right of consumers from unfair treatment and misleading or fraudulent practices. For example, you have the right to not have your vehicle repossessed without notice; to make purchasing decisions based on truthful, not misleading, information; and to receive estimates and clear invoices for vehicle repairs. Hawks Quindel consumer law attorneys can help you defend yourself as a consumer – learn more below, and call us today.

Harassing & Abusive Debt Collectors

Individuals have protections under federal and Wisconsin law to protect them from harassment and other abusive actions by debt collectors. Debt collectors cannot call you at inconvenient times, contact you at work after you’ve asked them not to, or threaten to take your property unless the law actually permits the seizure. Debt collectors are also prohibited from making false claims in an attempt to collect on a debt. Debt collectors also cannot robocall your phone without your consent. Hawks Quindel can help you determine whether a debt collector’s practices are illegal and what remedy may be available to you for the illegal practices. Learn more about Debt Harassment and Robocalls.

Unfair & Deceptive Acts & Practices

Under both Wisconsin and federal law, it is illegal to make untrue, deceptive, or misleading advertisements announcements, statements, or representations to the public. These protections apply to sales of goods and sales of services, and protect consumers from economic harm caused by deception in the marketplace.

In Wisconsin, statutes number 100.18 and 100.20 specifically prohibit a wide range of deceptive trade practices, and have strong penalties to discourage predatory actors.

Repossessions

Many people take out loans in order to make large purchases, typically vehicles. If the consumer falls behind on loan payments, the lender can attempt to take back the vehicle (or other item paid for with the loan). However, Wisconsin law contains a process that lenders or debt collectors must follow before and during the repossession process.

These strict rules are commonly violated, like when the lender or debt collector fails to provide sufficient notice or allow the consumer to pay off the loan debt.  Wisconsin law provides remedies for consumers to allow them to get their vehicle back or receive a money judgment.  Learn More

Robocalls

The federal Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA) protects individuals from receiving automated calls and texts without their express consent. If your phone is ringing off the hook and you suspect the calls might be placed by a computer or robocaller, the consumer protection attorneys at Hawks Quindel may be able to help. Learn more about Robocalls.

Credit Reporting Disputes

Every individual has the right to know what is in their credit reporting file and to have misinformation changed under the Fair Credit Reporting Act. Agencies are also not allowed to report negative information over seven years old, or bankruptcies over ten years old. Additionally, there are special protections for those seeking employment. Learn more about the rights of job applicants under the Fair Credit Reporting Act.

Collections Defense, Including Defense of Lawsuits

Debt collectors expect individuals to not put up a defense to a lawsuit. Their expectation is based on reality, as the vast majority of these claims result in a default judgment. Debtors should be aware that there are several defenses to collections claims.

Lemon Law Claims

The Wisconsin Lemon Law protects individuals who have purchased a vehicle that is no more than a year old and is still under warranty. A vehicle is a “lemon” if it has a serious defect the dealer cannot fix within four attempts or it has one or many defects that prevent the vehicle owner from using the vehicle for 30 days or more. If the Lemon Law has been violated, a court can award you up to double the vehicle purchase price, plus other costs and attorney’s fees.

Landlord-Tenant

Residential tenants in Wisconsin have rights relating to the condition of the rented property, return of security deposits, and privacy, among many others.  Landlords cannot retaliate against tenants for exercising tenant rights and cannot discriminate against tenants or potential tenants. If you have been the victim of unfair rental practices, contact the consumer attorneys at Hawks Quindel, S.C.

Contact Us

Please call a Madison consumer law attorney directly at (608) 257-0040 or a Milwaukee consumer law attorney at (414) 271-8650, or email us via our Contact Page.

Wisconsin law and federal law protect the right of consumers from unfair treatment and misleading or fraudulent practices. For example, you have the right to not have your vehicle repossessed without notice; to make purchasing decisions based on truthful, not misleading, information; and to receive estimates and clear invoices for vehicle repairs. Hawks Quindel consumer law attorneys can help you defend yourself as a consumer – learn more below, and call us today.

Harassing & Abusive Debt Collectors

Individuals have protections under federal and Wisconsin law to protect them from harassment and other abusive actions by debt collectors. Debt collectors cannot call you at inconvenient times, contact you at work after you’ve asked them not to, or threaten to take your property unless the law actually permits the seizure. Debt collectors are also prohibited from making false claims in an attempt to collect on a debt. Debt collectors also cannot robocall your phone without your consent. Hawks Quindel can help you determine whether a debt collector’s practices are illegal and what remedy may be available to you for the illegal practices. Learn more about Debt Harassment and Robocalls.

Unfair & Deceptive Acts & Practices

Under both Wisconsin and federal law, it is illegal to make untrue, deceptive, or misleading advertisements announcements, statements, or representations to the public. These protections apply to sales of goods and sales of services, and protect consumers from economic harm caused by deception in the marketplace.

In Wisconsin, statutes number 100.18 and 100.20 specifically prohibit a wide range of deceptive trade practices, and have strong penalties to discourage predatory actors.

Repossessions

Many people take out loans in order to make large purchases, typically vehicles. If the consumer falls behind on loan payments, the lender can attempt to take back the vehicle (or other item paid for with the loan). However, Wisconsin law contains a process that lenders or debt collectors must follow before and during the repossession process.

These strict rules are commonly violated, like when the lender or debt collector fails to provide sufficient notice or allow the consumer to pay off the loan debt.  Wisconsin law provides remedies for consumers to allow them to get their vehicle back or receive a money judgment.  Learn More

Robocalls

The federal Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA) protects individuals from receiving automated calls and texts without their express consent. If your phone is ringing off the hook and you suspect the calls might be placed by a computer or robocaller, the consumer protection attorneys at Hawks Quindel may be able to help. Learn more about Robocalls.

Credit Reporting Disputes

Every individual has the right to know what is in their credit reporting file and to have misinformation changed under the Fair Credit Reporting Act. Agencies are also not allowed to report negative information over seven years old, or bankruptcies over ten years old. Additionally, there are special protections for those seeking employment. Learn more about the rights of job applicants under the Fair Credit Reporting Act.

Collections Defense, Including Defense of Lawsuits

Debt collectors expect individuals to not put up a defense to a lawsuit. Their expectation is based on reality, as the vast majority of these claims result in a default judgment. Debtors should be aware that there are several defenses to collections claims.

Lemon Law Claims

The Wisconsin Lemon Law protects individuals who have purchased a vehicle that is no more than a year old and is still under warranty. A vehicle is a “lemon” if it has a serious defect the dealer cannot fix within four attempts or it has one or many defects that prevent the vehicle owner from using the vehicle for 30 days or more. If the Lemon Law has been violated, a court can award you up to double the vehicle purchase price, plus other costs and attorney’s fees.

Landlord-Tenant

Residential tenants in Wisconsin have rights relating to the condition of the rented property, return of security deposits, and privacy, among many others.  Landlords cannot retaliate against tenants for exercising tenant rights and cannot discriminate against tenants or potential tenants. If you have been the victim of unfair rental practices, contact the consumer attorneys at Hawks Quindel, S.C.

Contact Us

Please call a Madison consumer law attorney directly at (608) 257-0040 or a Milwaukee consumer law attorney at (414) 271-8650, or email us via our Contact Page.

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