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Consumer Fraud Litigation

The Lyon Firm is actively involved in Class Action Litigation
on behalf of consumers nationwide.
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Why Do You Need a Consumer Fraud Litigation Attorney?

The American consumer has the right to privacy, fair and lawful business practices, and safe consumer products.

When companies place profits before the safety of the consumer, and engage in deceptive marketing, they may be held liable in consumer fraud class action lawsuits. Practices like mislabeling products, or otherwise violating consumer protection laws, are unacceptable betrayals of trust. You can help hold these companies accountable.

The Lyon Firm is a highly-rated product liability and consumer safety law firm headquartered in Cincinnati, Ohio. We represent plaintiffs nationwide in individual claims and consumer safety class action lawsuits.

If you need consumer protection representation, contact our offices today at (513) 381-2333 for a free, confidential, no-obligation consultation.

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Joseph Lyon has 17 years of experience representing individuals in complex litigation matters. He has represented individuals in every state against many of the largest companies in the world.

The Firm focuses on single-event civil cases and class actions involving corporate neglect & fraud, toxic exposure, product defects & recalls, medical malpractice, and invasion of privacy.


The Firm offers contingency fees, advancing all costs of the litigation, and accepting the full financial risk, allowing our clients full access to the legal system while reducing the financial stress while they focus on their healthcare and financial needs.

How Much Is My Consumer Fraud Lawsuit Worth?

Settlements and verdicts for consumer fraud protection cases may include:

  • A refund of the money you were fraudulently charged
  • Compensation for the time spent in discovering, investigating, and dealing with this issue
  • Related remedies, like a year of free identity theft protection
  • New reforms and regulations that help protect you and other consumers going forward
  • A public admission from the company that helps spread awareness of the fraud, and serve as vindication for you and others who were victimized

Consumer fraud cases impact large numbers of people across the country. By pursuing a lawsuit for yourself, you can potentially help each and every one of them.

What Are the Different Types of Consumer Fraud?

When a company makes misleading claims about the effectiveness of a product, a consumer fraud lawsuit can be filed. When a company fails to protect an individual’s private information, and their security system is breached, a lawsuit can also be filed.

Litigation can also follow invasion of privacy violations, product liability matters, and important financial decisions that are made under false pretenses. The Lyon Firm handles cases in all of the following practice areas:

  • Billing Fraud: Automatic billing schemes, frauds involving “free trials,” and other recurring charges have a high potential for widespread fraud and abuse. This includes auto payments for health insurance, cable and phone services, cell phone apps, dating sites, gaming portals, and other online services.
  • Data Misuse: Data misuse is an area of law that grows broader every day with the expansion of the digital marketplace. Web-based companies collect and store your personal data, and often unlawfully sell that data or use it in illegal targeted ads. 
  • Telephone Consumer Protection Violations: Telemarketing lawsuits often involve insurance companies, banks, hotels, debt collection agencies, and various other companies. These involve violating the rules of the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA), which were put in place to protect the consumer from telephone marketing harassment. When companies do not respect a person’s privacy, they may be held liable in multi-million dollar lawsuits.
  • Mortgage Fraud: Banks who engage in unlawful and unethical mortgage practices can be sued, and rightful compensation may be recovered by plaintiffs. Financial institutions regularly violate fair debt collection practices and engage in mortgage fraud and other financial fraud.
  • Deceptive Marketing: These lawsuits are filed when companies deceive consumers by mislabeling products or advertising products as something they are not. For example, the dietary supplement industry is full of fraudulent claims that cannot be backed by nutritional evidence. Cannabis and CBD lawsuits are a growing area of litigation as companies promote expansive health benefits without adequate evidence.

This is by no means a comprehensive list. Stem cell fraud, insurance overcharging, and other fair debt collection violations are all suitable causes for legal action.

If you feel you have been defrauded, contact The Lyon Firm for a free consultation by calling (513) 381-2333. Representation means that we do the investigatory work to make sure your case is as strong as possible.

How Long Do Consumer Rights Last?

Implied warranty coverage can last as long as four years depending on state-to-state laws. However, your right to file a lawsuit for consumer fraud has a deadline as well. In Ohio, for example, there is a four-year time limit to bring fraud cases, but only a one-year window for personal injuries resulting from fraud.

Warranties are guarantees offered by companies and business proprietors. They can be written, spoken, or implied, and are essentially contracts that are under obligation to be honored. Those guarantees may include a right to repair, replace, or return an item if it is defective, or a refund for services that were unsatisfactory.

That being said, warranties often come with fine print, loopholes, and expiration dates. If you discover you have been defrauded or injured due to deceptive marketing, contact a consumer fraud lawyer at The Lyon Firm today who can help you review your rights under the warranty.

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What Are the 8 Basic Rights of Consumers?

According to the National Consumer Federation (NCF), consumers have eight basic rights under the law:

  1. Basic needs: You have the right to access essential services and products such as food, shelter, clothing, healthcare, water, public utilities, and sanitation.
  2. Safety: You have the right to protection from hazardous products or processes (like poison in products or toxic byproducts of manufacturing).
  3. Information: Similar to the “informed consent” mandated for healthcare procedures, you have the right to make an informed decision about what you buy, use, or consume.
  4. Choice: To prevent inescapable monopolies, you have the right to select from a range of products and services at competitive prices with quality assurances.
  5. Representation: This is essentially your right to be heard by your representatives who craft the governing policies over the production of goods and performance of services.
  6. Redress: Should your rights be violated, you also have access to judicial redress (aka remedy, repair, or correction)—this includes your ability to sue for compensation regarding shoddy products, unsatisfactory service, or fraudulent misrepresentation. 
  7. Consumer education: You have the right to acquire any knowledge or skills needed to make an informed decision regarding goods and services, as well as the information needed to act on your rights via the law.
  8. Healthy environments: Lastly, you have the right to a non-threatening environment in which to live, work, and prosper.

These rights may seem bigger than the topic of consumer protection, but since our basic human needs are all monetized—food, housing, healthcare, and access to legal remedies—consumer protections are truly life-and-death matters. 

The Lyon Firm has represented consumers from all fifty states in multi-district product liability litigations. We have won cases against some of the largest companies in the world. We are fully prepared to see your case through to the end, and seek justice for as many individuals as possible.

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Contact an Experienced Consumer Fraud Attorney

Consumers have a multitude of rights and protections in the United States, but that doesn’t keep bad actors from trying to defraud customers. Those rights must be guarded and enforced, and filing a consumer fraud lawsuit is one of the most direct ways to hold such companies accountable.

Joe Lyon has represented individuals nationwide in consumer protection class action cases. These include instances of false advertising, mislabeled food, deceptive advertising, and other forms of fraudulent marketing claims. If you need an attorney who can provide individualized attention even when taking on a large class-action lawsuit, The Lyon Firm has you covered.

Reach out to us today via our online contact form, or by calling (513) 381-2333. Your communications with us are fully confidential, and your consultation is free of charge. You can rest assured that with The Lyon Firm, the service and dedication we promise are as-advertised. 

Consumer Fraud Class Action Lawsuit FAQs

Why File a Class Action?

Class actions are typically filed when the amount of money in dispute for a single plaintiff would not justify the expense of litigating the case, but where the amount of damages of the entire class of plaintiffs would justify the cost of litigation. Basically, it’s more cost-effective to get justice for many at once instead of individually, saving everyone massive amounts of time and effort.

Moreover, without class actions, large corporate defendants would be able to cause harm over a large group of individuals without any risk of penalty. These collective cases provide safety in numbers.

What Are the Most Common Types of Consumer Fraud?

The most typical forms of consumer fraud include: 

  • Identity theft
  • Credit and debit card fraud
  • Mortgage fraud
  • Interest rate reduction robocalls
  • Debt collection fraud 
  • Fake charities, prize, and lottery fraud

A more recent arrival to this rogue’s gallery is COVID-19 scams.

What Are Some Examples Of Consumer Fraud Lawsuits?

Some recent class-action lawsuits that The Lyon Firm investigates include unlawful marketing, mortgage fraud, securities fraud, and elder abuse. Famous examples of fraud cases you may have seen in the news include:

  • Ponzi schemes, named after Charles Ponzi, are a form of investment fraud. These schemes use funds from new investors to pay existing investors without legitimately investing the money. This is one classic example of a pyramid scheme.
  • The Big Short, a phrase used to describe the circumstances of the 2008 United States housing bubble crisis and the irresponsible Wall Street investors that behaved as if real estate would only increase in value, never decrease. When the bubble burst, investment banks collapsed, and the funds held by honest consumers were compromised.
  • The Theranos company founded by Elizabeth Holmes, a now-defunct health technology company whose rapid rise in valuation was due to falsely misleading claims about the efficiency and accuracy of blood-testing devices.

These wide-scale fraud cases have the ability to harm the entire country, and class-action lawsuits can help stop them before they cause irreparable harm.

Do I Have A Viable Fraud Claim?

If you have lost out financially, or have experienced corporate fraud, you should contact an attorney at the Lyon Firm by calling (513) 381-2333 to investigate further. If you choose to represent a class of plaintiffs in a fraud claim, you may be able to seek compensation for yourself, and help protect fellow consumers as well. 

In these class-action fraud cases, the success of one representative is a win for all involved.