Trial Victories

The attorneys at SmithMarco, P.C. have successfully defended consumers in thousands of cases throughout the U.S. Learn more about a few notable trial victories below:

Fadia Farra v. Wexler & Wexler

Northern District of Illinois, Chicago, IL.  Tried February 2008.  Claims under the Fair Credit Reporting Act.  Account that was paid in full was still reported to credit reporting bureaus and verified despite presenting proof of payment.  Award of $875.00.  Attorneys fee award of $33,845.70.

Wayne Talley v. United States Department of Agriculture

Northern District of Illinois, Chicago, IL.  Tried July  2009.  U.S. Govt failed to properly update credit reports on a federally subsidized loan, and continued to report delinquent payments long after loan was paid in full.  Award of $10,000.  Fee Award settled for $72,136.

Carolyn Carr v. Oak Lawn Mazda

Cook County, Illinois, Chicago, IL.  Tried in June 2009.  Claims under the Illinois Consumer Fraud Act that auto dealer failed to disclose frame damage that occurred prior to the sale of the vehicle.  Award of $6,900 for diminished value.  Attorney fees settled separately.

Genovefa Zajdel v. Szala’s Restaurant

Cook County, Illinois, Chicago, IL.  Tried October 2007.  Personal Injury claim where 83 yr. old fell down stairs at a restaurant where there were no handrails to hold to get down the stairs.  Award of $392,229.99

David Copeland v. Kramer & Frank, PC

Eastern District of Missouri, St. Louis, MO.  Tried in July 2010.  Claims under the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act for deceiving consumer that a payment plan was accepted and then entering judgment without knowledge and garnishing a bank account.  Award of maximum statutory damages of $1,000.  Attorney fees settled separately.

Allison Herring v. Country Chevrolet

Kankakee County, Illinois, Kankakee, IL. Tried February 2011.  Claims under the Illinois Consumer Fraud Act for forging the signature of a co-signer onto loan documents for terms that were not agreed upon.  After trial, prior to verdict, an agreed upon judgment of $30,000 for the Plaintiff.  Attorney fees awarded post trial of $26,419.71 for a total judgment of $56,419.71.

Charles Keatts v. Ford Motor Company

Pulaski County, Arkansas, Little Rock, AR.  Tried April 2012.  Claims under Magnusson-Moss Warranty Act and Arkansas Lemon Law for selling defective 2008 Ford Explorer.  Manufacturer could not repair leaks from vent system dripping into interior cabin.  Award of $30,158.32 – amount necessary for a full refund.  Attorney fees settled separately.

Diane Krolicki v. Infiniti of Orland Park

Cook County, Illinois, Chicago, IL.  Tried October 2012.  Claims under the Illinois Consumer Fraud Act for misrepresenting that a vehicle had never been damaged in any accident, when in fact, it had.  Award of $35,000 ($5,000 actual damages and $30,000 in punitive damages); Attorneys fees awarded in the amount of $87,084.00 and costs of $5,893.78.  Total award against Defendant = $130,114.78

Latesha Clemons v. Nissan Motor America

Sangamon County, Illinois, Springfield, IL.  Tried August 2014.  Claims under Magnusson-Moss Warranty Act and Illinois Lemon Law for selling defective 2007 Nissan Pathfinder.  Manufacturer could not repair fuel pump.  Award of $4,929.00.  Attorneys fees awarded of $82,800.

Laurie Heling v. Creditors Collection Service, Inc.

Eastern District of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, WI. Tried October 2016.  Claims under the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act for failing to provide notice of debt and rights to seek validation.  Award of $500.  Attorney fee petition pending.

Joseph Spina v. Quality Asset Recovery, Inc.

Middle District of Florida, Tampa, FL.  Tried March 2017.  Claims under the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act for reporting a debt that was never owed to a credit reporting bureau, and aftrer receiving notice that the debt was not owed, continuing to report the collection to the credit reporting bureau.  Award of $2,000 ($1,000 for statutory damage maximum, $1,000 in actual damages.  Attorney fee petition pending.