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

Comcast and its Impermissible Credit Report Access

September 25, 2018

We are seeing a pattern emerge whereby Comcast/Xfinity is gaining access to consumers' credit reports without having the consumers' permission nor a permissible purpose to obtain the report under the Fair Credit Reporting Act.  In a few occasions now, we have seen them gain access to the reports of our clientele.  While we are currently taking action against them for this conduct, others have too... and with success...More >

The Telephonic Consumer Protection Act

September 24, 2018

Consumer statutes are enacted to create a balance for buyers in the marketplace and prevent sellers from using unfair tactics.  The Telephone Consumer Protection Act (“TCPA”)  is a consumer minded statute enacted in 1991 that prohibits telemarketers, banks, debt collectors and any other companies from using autodialers or robocalls to contact you at home or on your cell phone without your consent.More >

More Employment Background Check Class Action Lawsuits

September 17, 2018

Pepsi Beverage Company recently agreed to pay over $1 million to settle a class action lawsuit against the beverage giant alleging it violated the Fair Credit Reporting Act (“FCRA”) by failing to conduct compliant employment background checks.More >

What to do when you are Denied Credit

August 30, 2018

Regardless of the reason for needing a loan, getting denied can be frustrating for a consumer looking to improve his or her financial well being.  But rather than taking a loan denial personally, you can take steps to understand why you were denied and work to fix your credit so it does not happen again in the future. More >

Divorce and Your Credit Report

August 29, 2018

With the stress of divorce and/or marital separation comes the stress of paying your bills and dividing your finances.  Maintaining good credit post divorce can be challenging.  It is important to understand that a legal separation does not alleviate you of your responsibility and obligation to pay your bills with your spouse that were joint debts incurred while you were married. More >

Are Creditors Required to Report your History?

August 27, 2018

In January of 2018, GM Financial, the automotive lending giant, ceased to report any of its account information to the credit reporting agencies for as many as 2.5 million of its customers.  Consumers were left with blank information which could essentially alter their credit score.  Is it legal for a creditor to stop reporting information?  Does the law require it to report?More >

Alternative Data Could Help Some Consumers Get Credit

July 12, 2018

Believe it or not, it has been over 75 years since two mathematicians named William Fair and Earl Isaac created the credit scoring system, more commonly known as Fair Isaac or FICO, which has been the main tool for valuing your credit standing since the mid 1950s. While this model maintains its position as the standard by which credit is determined, other data that is typically not reported can soon serve to help consumers in need of a better credit standing. More >