Businesses operate in an environment increasingly subject to opportunistic plaintiff lawyers seizing on technicalities in state and federal statutes designed to protect consumers from unlawful collection practices. With increasing numbers of consumers opting to rely on mobile phones rather than residential lines, the landscape for these cases continues to change dramatically and businesses operating in an array of industries face increasing exposure and risk.
We have defended both individual and class action claims alleging violation of a wide variety of consumer protection laws in both state and federal courts. We also advise clients on compliance with consumer protection laws and strategies to avoid and minimize risk.
The Lash & Goldberg LLP consumer litigation defense practice group was formed in response to an onslaught of consumer claims against hospitals, health care providers and medical billing and collection companies. Businesses in this industry have experienced a deluge of consumer lawsuits in connection with the collection of claims arising out of the provision of health care goods and services. The Firm’s practice has grown steadily and expanded to include the defense of consumer claims alleging unlawful collection practices in a variety of other industries.
Lash & Goldberg LLP has litigated numerous cases involving consumer protection laws including:
- Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (FDCPA)
- Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA)
- Florida Consumer Collection Practices Act (FCCPA)
In addition to the defense of state and federal statutory claims, the Firm also defends claims alleging deceptive and unfair trade practices and invasion of privacy.
Lash & Goldberg LLP has defended consumer claims, garnered settlements and defeated class action and single action claims in early motions practice. We are experienced in handling consumer litigation in both state and federal courts. The Firm represents clients in consumer litigation matters in a variety of industries including automobile leasing and financing, hospitals and health systems, medical billing and collection, retail, finance, and revenue cycle services.
The Lash & Goldberg LLP consumer litigation defense practice group closely monitors trends and developments in the consumer litigation defense area including state and federal trial and appellate court decisions, as well as pronouncements by the Federal Trade Commission and the Federal Communications Commission. We also partner with clients to review and tailor transaction documents and craft and maintain policies and procedures to ensure compliance with consumer laws and to avoid litigation or minimize its potential impact.
The Firm’s experience covers the following areas:
- Medical billing and collection
- Purchase contracts
- Automobile leases
- Finance transactions
- Consumer loans