Consumer Protection

As a consumer you are swimming with sharks. We know where they swim. If you are harmed by abusive lending or real estate closing practices we know how to find where the sharks hide and can help you make them pay. Call The Kuhn Law Firm to discuss your case.

Consumer protection laws regulate the financial relationship between individual consumers and the businesses that sell goods and services, such as loans, mortgages, and other forms of credit. All consumer protection laws are intended to hold businesses responsible for fraudulent, unfair, and deceptive practices. There are a variety of laws at both the federal and state levels that regulate consumer affairs. In North Carolina, individual consumers and groups of consumers may bring private suits to enforce the rights guaranteed by North Carolina’s numerous consumer protection laws.

Examples of "consumer rights" protected under North Carolina law:

Ben Kuhn is engaged as Consumer Protection Attorney by the North Carolina Bar Association Real Property Section. In this role, Mr. Kuhn investigates consumer protection issues involving abusive real estate closing practices and fraud, and serves as a liaison between attorney members of the Real Property Section and numerous State agencies responsible for enforcing laws protecting consumers in connection with real estate transactions. Mr. Kuhn’s work handling complex real estate consumer protection cases and interfacing with numerous state and federal law enforcement agencies allows him to bring his broad-based consumer protection experience to work for clients of The Kuhn Law Firm.

Mr. Kuhn is also a Founding Member and Vice President of the Real Estate Lawyers Association of North Carolina, Inc. RELANC is a trade association of hundreds of North Carolina real estate attorneys engaged in advocacy, research, educational activities, and promotional and advertising campaigns regarding consumer protection abuses and practices which destabilize communities and are harmful to North Carolina citizens, their assets, real property owners, the financial industry, and the State of North Carolina.

Can I afford to hire an attorney?

Many, but not all, consumer protection statutes provide for a successful litigant to recover his or her attorney's fees from the defendant. Some consumer injuries are sufficiently large to justify an attorney accepting the case on a contingency fee basis (the attorney is paid out of the recovery). Whether any matter is accepted on a contingency basis is always in the sole discretion of our Firm. Sometimes the abuse is so widespread it justifies a class action which may also involve a contingency fee. Some people's income may qualify them for free legal assistance through an outside legal aid society. Sometimes we are able to make such referrals. However, some cases simply do not involve sufficient damages to justify hiring an attorney and may best handled either through small claims court or a public interest advocacy agency. Do not be afraid to ask an attorney about these alternatives; many (but not all) will provide a free initial consultation to address these and other questions.