Questions tagged [consumer-protection]

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What legal action can be taken against a very careful “snake oil salesman?”

I have a particular product in mind, but more generally if a company sells a product that people are given to expect will perform a certain function (eliminate mosquitoes, for example), is there any ...
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Can not paying a monthly fee because of a lack of balance of your reloadable visa card hurt your credit score and isn't there a law against that?

Can not paying a monthly fee because of a lack of balance of your reloadable visa card hurt your credit score and isn't there a law against that? That's what I was told after I bought a visa debit ...
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Forced arbitration with opt-out only by physical mail, can they do this?

I have an account with TruMark Credit Union. Today I received a letter telling me that unless I send them a physical letter opting-out that my right to a jury trial would be lost... can they do this? ...
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Can a company be sued if they allow their electronic product to completely stop working?

The Olio Model One is a smartwatch sold from 2015 to 2016 by Olio Devices, Inc. The Olio watches were rather expensive, with a price range from $595 to $1,395. Furthermore, to work, the Olio needs to ...
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Fairness to the consumer regarding geolocked digital products

First, a little disclaimer. I won't be mentioning company names as this inquiry is solely about the responsibility of the parties involved, and not specifically about the entities themselves. I ...
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Consumer laws with self-destructing hardware

In the UK, consumer laws say that a store has to fix the problem if you bought a product and it doesn't work for a reasonable amount of time, due to a fault that was present at the time of the ...
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Hotel in Ibiza offers vouchers upon booking cancellation due to coronavirus

I had made 2 bookings with a hotel in Ibiza with a non-refundable rate few months ago. I used credit card to complete 2 bookings. 1 of the bookings costs less than £100, while the other costs more ...
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Ombudsman for car rentals in the UK

Hypothetically, suppose person A purchased a service B from company C in the UK. If person A believes they were mis-sold the service, they could start a case with the The Financial Ombudsman Service ...
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Motorcycle price dropped less than a year after purchase. Can I get a refund?

I purchased a motorcycle in 2018. It was a new model. Towards the end of the year Honda launched yet a new version and to get rid of the 2018 stock dropped the price of of about 15% (£1000 from the ...
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Who decides how consumer electronics should be labeled and advertised? [duplicate]

Let's suppose I'm a citizen who is very dissatisfied with misleading digital storage drive capacity labeling, where manufacturers use fake GB (base-10 SI metric decimal giga unit prefix equals to 1000 ...
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Listing out-of-stock item for sale

I was purchasing a product off a website and the product only had one in stock, but it turns out the product was already sold and the product had still been up for quite some time after the purchase, ...
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Bank negligence, checkings account compromised by id thief and bank on purpose holds me responsible to further my debt with interest

I been a victim of id theft. On the same day that there were two fake checks deposited that were bounced, money was withdrawn physically within a branch of the bank, that day and another time four ...
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Are trading platforms legally required to provide buyer/seller protection?

Private transactions are not subject to statutory consumer guarantees. Still, trading platforms where private buyers and sellers meet (e.g. eBay, or TradeMe in New Zealand) do provide some level of ...
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Pokémon Home and EU distance selling regulations

I accidentally signed up for Pokémon Home, a subscription service allowing Pokémon to be stored in the cloud, using an incorrect Nintendo account. This essentially renders the service useless to me at ...
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Can a mobile game developer ban an account for excessive purchases that were cancelled/refunded by the payment provider?

Can a mobile game developer ban an account for purchases that were cancelled/refunded by amazon appstore? It seems that amazon allowed $50k worth of in app purchases to be delivered without actually ...
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Can I return shoes that hurt one of my feet in Germany?

I just bought a reebook shoes and I wore it today but after walking about 30 minutes my left foot top side(bridge) is hurting me so much that I can not resist. I wrote an email to the seller but they ...
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UK - Refunds on digital services

I'm currently working on a business as a sole trader providing scalable servers to clients, they are billed monthly. I'm aware the consumer rights act also affects digital goods, so whats to stop ...
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Can I refuse to refund a client/friend if they didn't give me access to their website to honour a warranty?

This concerns UK law. Last autumn I made some minor alterations to the website of a business owned by a friend, adding their contact info next to the logo in the header of the webpage. I'm fairly new ...
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What to do when a company charges a credit card on authorized payments that go against regulations, though terms and conditions were agreed on?

In Quebec, a company is not allowed to automatically charge after a free trial period (see section 230c of the consumer protection act), they have to cancel the subscription, then they can ask if the ...
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What to do if seller sends more than ordered?

I recently ordered one volume of sheet music online from a boutique publisher in The Netherlands that only accepts orders via email (I'm located in Sweden). My email clearly stated a single product ...
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Consumer rights after broken firmware update?

In the UK (and all over the EU) as a consumer, I have strong protection if I buy a product and it was faulty when it was purchased. Even if the fault was not visible, for example if the product lasts ...
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False Advertising

I would like to start with saying that I have completely no experience in any kind of law. That said I would like to specify that I am not searching for a legal advice, but instead I am just curious ...
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In Arizona, can a company require you to cancel a subscription service in person?

A subscription service in Arizona is claiming their service can only be cancelled at the customer's home office, in-person, which is the one that the customer originally signed up with. What if the ...
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Can class action lawsuits be filed against game developers that release broken games?

When game developers release games that are unplayable at launch, are there any applicable laws that protect the consumers that paid for the game? Most recently, Rockstar Games released Red Dead ...
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We sold a salvage car as-is. The buyer can't get it Titled. Do we have to fix it?

We recently sold a car that we weren't aware there was a salvage title on. The money has already been exchanged and the title signed over to them. The buyers, discovering its salvage status, are now ...
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What pre-conditioned UTCCR 1999's operation, no longer applicable under CRA 2015, rather than be one of the criteria for a particular s.'s operation?

What does "it" refer to? What is "this precondition"? Prof Richard Taylor, Damian Taylor. Contract Law Directions (6 edn, 2019). p 125. 6.6.2 Case law under the UTCCR In order to understand ...
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Can a person run a business as an LLC, but never register?

Someone knocked on my door to offer landscape services, they call themselves "Landscapers LLC" (just an example, I do not want to put the actual name they used) and the paper ad they gave me also says ...
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Can intentionally providing climate change disinformation known to be false be construed as fraud?

Can intentionally providing climate change disinformation known to the provider to be false be construed as fraud? Initially I was thinking that this might be consumer fraud by tiny little news ...
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Is it legal for Turkish Airlines to refuse to refund a cancelled refundable-ticket purchased online?

The issue Before coming to Turkish Airlines office I could refund both tickets online. After the simulation only one ticket was available, I directly ask for cancellation of the remaining ticket ...
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Question Regarding GDPR

I have a question regarding The General Data Protection Regulation 2016/679 in European law and I'm not even sure this is the right place to ask, but I'll ask anyway as I'm stuck on where to find this ...
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Personal Reports We Are Entitled to BY LAW (Other than Credit Reports from Experian, Equifax, Transunion)

Are there personal reports US citizens are BY LAW, entitled to other than credit reports from Experian, Equifax and Transunion. For instance, I could have sworn I saw a government website on MIB, i....
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How long can a store hold your items?

I went to a home improvement store to return an item without a receipt. They kept the item and said they needed to investigate where and when I purchased it. How long can they hold my items without ...
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Logitech company ghosting me after agreed return of product

Recently I’ve found myself in an interesting situation with the Logitech company. After working with members of their support team, we agreed that I could return my Logitech products to them for a ...
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Misleading food labelling

What to do if you were violently ill from a product from a huge establishment that had a lone, large green label on the front of the product saying “vegan”, only to find once consuming, it contained ...
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Airline ignoring Montreal Convention [closed]

I flew with Finnair from Moscow to Montreal. My luggage got delayed by 3 days. As per Montreal Convention, I can spend up to 1,131 SDR on necessities as my luggage is missing and the airline is ...
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The Consumer's Right To Challenge A Company's Claims [closed]

As a consumer, do you have any legal ground to challenge a company’s statement and demand evidence to support any claims made about a product or service they provided? A few hypothetical examples ...
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What can a user do if a service does not enforce their TOS?

With many websites requiring a agreement to a TOS, this usually means that a user is restricted from doing certain things on the site or application, but does the user gain anything out of these ...
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Is Uber acting unconscionably in Australia?

Section 6 of Uber's Terms and Conditions for Australian customers requires that all disputes go to arbitration before the International Chamber of Commerce in the Netherlands and that the contract ...
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Why is there no remedy available me when a manufacturer removes a feature due to a flaw after purchase?

A few years ago I purchased an Intel processor simply because this has TSX features and I wanted to write code to test this feature out. They disabled this feature in a microcode update because it was ...
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Car runs worse since repair after shady dealer interaction

I got some spark plugs replaced on my car, which I got quoted cheaper than the cost of parts due to an error in the dealership's system. The labour was supposed to be quoted for 3-4 hours plus the ...
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UK Consumer Rights - Return accessories

I purchased two items from Amazon in the same order: A gadget powered by a 12v car power socket, and a mains-to-12v power adaptor that was purchased specifically to power that gadget from the mains. ...
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Warranty options a replacement via warranty

Firstly I am based in the UK. I purchased a hedge trimmer back in 2016 which came with a 2 year warranty which became faulty and was replaced under warranty in late 2017. The replacement is now ...
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Apartment sending advertisements to me without option to opt out

I apologize if this has been answered before, I see similar questions although under slightly different circumstances. I am currently renting an apartment in Texas. My rental company uses SMS to ...
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Software training provider offers very cheap price online for course…(via Stripe)

Firm is based in London. Item relates to a London event, bought online in UK. I buy the item. Next day amount forceably refunded by firm. Next day Firm responds thus: Thanks for your message! You ...
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UK: Returning damaged items without option for free replacement?

I live outside of the UK, not a UK citizen or resident (I am also not a resident of the European Union), but I bought several items in the online store of a large UK department store chain. The ...
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Mobile app broke after an update. Am I entitled to a downgrade / refund?

The immediate problem I have encountered is described here, but I'm interested in the general concepts which apply in situations like this. What happens if a paid app stops working after an update? ...
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What's the next step if a debt collector doesn't respond to my debt dispute?

A month ago I received a debt collection letter about an alleged unpaid tax bill. I did not recognize the bill, and had definitely never heard of it before this, so I sent them a letter within a few ...
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Can a gym ban me without actual proof of me taking a picture?

TL;DR I have a gym membership that allows me to use multiple locations. Another location told me I'm allowed to visit only 10x per month. I pulled out my phone to write down the name of the employee. ...
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Is it illegal for a website's moderator/administrator to access your computer when you are posting comments?

The Computer Fraud and Abuse Act (CFAA) is a United States cyber security bill that was enacted in 1984 as an amendment to existing computer fraud law (18 U.S.C. § 1030), which had been included in ...
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False advertising to consumers

My girlfriend bought a new Samsung A7 phone in Spain. At first she wanted to go for a cheaper one, but was approached by a clerk which presented her A7 2018 version. The clerk specifically said that ...