Federal Fair Credit Reporting Act
The Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) was enacted to protect
people against abuse in the credit reporting industry. The FCRA achieves this goal through
regulation of credit reporting agencies, users of credit reports, and furnishers
of consumer information to credit reporting agencies. The FCRA provides consumers with civil
remedies for those who willfully or negligently comply with it.
Federal Fair Debt
Collection Practices Act and Michigan Regulation of Collection Practices Act
The Fair Debt Collection Practices
Act (FDCPA) and Michigan Regulation of Collection Practices Act were enacted to
protect people against abusive, deceptive, and unfair debt collection
Vehicle Service and Repair Act
The Michigan Motor Vehicle Service and Repair Act was enacted
to protect people from unfair and deceptive practices relating to motor vehicle
repairs. When a motor vehicle service
and repair facility violates this law, the consumer can avoid paying for
mechanic’s work and can seek monetary damages.
Consumer Protection Act
The Telephone Consumer Protective Act (TCPA) was enacted to
protect people from unwanted telemarketing and junk faxes. Telemarketers and people who send junk faxes
can be sued for money damages by people who are victimized by them.
Fraud and Breach of
In addition to suing a company for engaging in a violation
of federal or state statutory law, a consumer can oftentimes also seek relief
through common law claims for fraud or breach of contract.
If you are being or have been victimized by a business, debt collector, or telemarketer, you should save any and all documentary evidence concerning the incident, keep a journal of important incidents (i.e., who, what, where, how, why, when), and timely seek legal representation.