What you need to know about Fair Debt Collection

You have rights when a debt collector is pursuing you. The Fair Debt Collection Practices Act was created to promote fair debt collection procedures and to protect consumers against debt collection abuses. Learn more.

What to do with errors on Your Credit Report

You have the right to have your credit report accurately reflect your credit history.  If your credit report contains inaccuracies that are causing you harm in obtaining credit, employment or insurance, the Fair Credit Reporting Act provides relief for consumers.


Error on your Employment Background Report?

If you've had an inaccuracy on your employment background report, you are protected by the Fair Credit Reporting Act. Find out more about false employment reports and know your rights.

Are you the victim of Consumer Fraud

Have you been duped into purchasing a vehicle based upon misrepresentations from the dealer as to the history of the vehicle?  Dealerships will hide previous accident history or other undesirable history of a vehicle to make a sale.  You have rights against those who commit consumer fraud.

Have You Bought a Lemon

If your new vehicle has been subject to multiple repairs for a defect, you may have purchased a lemon.  If you did, you have rights.  Learn more about your protection under the lemon laws.


Who has access to your Credit Report

Many Americans consider their credit information to be private information, and it should be. But who has access to your report and who protects your privacy? Read our latest blog post to find out.

Protecting Consumer Rights - Presented By SmithMarco, P.C.

SmithMarco, P.C.

SmithMarco, P.C. is a private law firm dedicated to representing consumers and protecting their rights. Managing partners Larry Smith and David Marco have been practicing consumer protection for over 35 years combined, and have successfully defended consumers in thousands of cases. They are experienced debt collection practices act attorneys and credit report and background dispute lawyers who can ensure that your rights are protected, debt collector harassment stops, and that credit and background report errors are corrected depending on your needs.

If you feel your rights have been violated in regards to debt collection, credit report errors, background check errors, consumer fraud, or lemon laws, please do not hesitate to contact us for a free case review or give us a call at 888-822-1777.

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You have rights as a consumer!

Even though you may be behind in your bills, it does not give a bill collector the right to harass or abuse you for payment.  As a debtor, you have rights.  Find out what a debt collector can and cannot do, or what they must tell you when trying to collect a debt.  If your consumer rights have been violated, we can help.

Are you a victim?

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The law is on your side.

There are laws written to protect consumers from unscrupulous debt collection practices.  Overreaching and abusive practices are not allowed.  In addition, there are consumer laws that provide for assistance in dealing with the burden of paying an attorney to help you with this problem. Let us see if we can help you with abusive collection practices.

Free Case Review?

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You may be entitled to compensation.

Under the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act, you may be entitled to compensation as the law provides for a recovery of up to $1,000.  The law also provides for the recovery of attorneys fees and court costs.  We offer a free case review to determine if your FDCPA consumer rights were violated.  Contact us to discuss your situation.

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Recent Protecting Consumer Rights Blog Posts

More than the Big 3 are Reporting Information about You

January 09, 2018

Since the Equifax data breach, many consumers for the first time are pulling their credit reports and reviewing their information.  While a major credit reporting security breach should not be the impetus for a credit review, it certainly did help to serve as a reminder that consumers should and need to know what’s reporting about them.  Accessing your credit report to ensure its accuracy should go beyond the big three.  There are more credit reporting agencies in addition to Equifax, Experian and Trans Union that store and report your confidential information.More >

Hope For Credit Reporting Changes in 2018

December 14, 2017

Since the disclosure of the Equifax data breach in September, American consumers have been warned to be overly cautious and protective of their personal information.  While data breaches occur more frequently than lenders would like to admit, the Equifax data breach was on an entirely different scale.  This breach leads us to ponder the question, is our credit reporting system the best available and best option for us. More >

$60 Million Verdict Against Trans Union Upheld

December 04, 2017

Just this past week, a California judge denied Trans Union’s appeal of a $60 million verdict for violations of the Fair Credit Reporting Act (“FCRA”).  A jury determined Trans Union was liable when it confused over 8,000 consumers’ names with the names of criminals and terrorists on a government watch list.  Five years after the case was filed, the consumer class was awarded statutory and punitive damages exceeding $60 million. On appeal, the judge stated the jury was justified in reaching such a hefty verdict. More >

What To Do if Your Credit Application is Rejected

November 27, 2017

With the holidays just around the corner, most consumers consider applying for credit to be able to have additional means to make purchases during this expensive time.  If you are one of the millions of consumers applying for credit and find that you are continually getting denied, don’t just accept the rejection.  Finding out why you have been denied for a credit card or loan is within your rights under the Fair Credit Reporting Act (“FCRA”) and you deserve to know the reasons. More >

What to Do When Your Credit is Compromised

October 31, 2017

Under The Fair Credit Reporting Act (“FCRA”), when you are a victim of identity theft you have specific rights.  While recovering from a massive attack on your credit is a lengthy process, it is not an impossible feat if you follow the letter of the law and these five simple steps.More >

Top Seven Reasons You Were Denied a Credit Card

October 27, 2017

When applying for a credit card it seems fairly obvious that you cannot get approved with a poor credit history.  However often times, consumers with a good credit score are denied for a variety of other reasons.  Here are seven of the top reasons credit card companies may deny your application.More >

The Equifax Breach and Dealing with Identity Theft and Credit Scores

October 13, 2017

Tune into CAN TV’s “Credit Talk” to hear from SmithMarco’s very own attorney, Larry Smith. He discusses a variety of credit-related topics, one of them most notably being the recent Equifax data breach. Learn how you can spot red flags in your credit report that may suggest that you’ve been a potential victim of the hack, as well as next steps to dispute these inaccuracies.More >

Getting Free Credit Report Not as Easy as it Should Be

October 12, 2017

Under an amendment to the Fair Credit Reporting Act in 2003, consumers are entitled to one free credit report a year from each of the three big credit reporting agencies, Equifax, Experian and Trans Union.  After the recent security breach at Equifax, there is no better time than now to take advantage of obtaining your free report to make sure the information on your credit file actually belongs to you and that you are not one of the 143 million consumers whose information was compromised.  More >

Post Equifax Breach, Consumer Advocates Propose New Laws for Employment Background Checks (3)

October 03, 2017

In the aftermath of Equifax’s data breach, one of the largest breaches in credit history to date, Congress is looking to reform the use of credit information used for employment background checks.  After 143 million American consumers were affected by the data breach, Congress proposes a new bill that would result in big changes for the credit reporting agencies and consumers by regulating the use of credit reports for employment purposes.More >