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Terms of Contracts or Leases Could Result in a Violation of the District of Columbia Consumer Protection Act

It is a violation of the District of Columbia Consumer Protection Act for a merchant to make or enforce totally unfair, or "unconscionable" terms or provisions in sales contracts or leases. Additionally, the failure to supply a copy of the sales or service contract, lease, or promissory note or similar document that shows an indebtedness which a consumer signs would be a violation of the District of Columbia Consumer Protection Act.

Finally, examples of violations of the District of Columbia Consumer Protection Act include violations of other acts. So, if there was a use of a brand or hazardous product prohibited by the Federal Consumer Product Safety Act or if a person were to sell consumer goods in a manner or condition not consistent with what is warranted by District of Columbia law or federal law, such as the District of Columbia Consumer Layaway Plan or Rental Housing Locator Protection Act or Automobile Consumer Protection Act or Real Property Credit Line Deed of Trust Act, or any other provision of the District of Columbia municipal code, that would be applicable to consumers there could be a violation of the District of Columbia Consumer Protection Act.

Accordingly, if you have any potential claim as a result of a consumer transaction, you should contact the offices of Chaikin, Sherman, Cammarata & Siegel, P.C. to assist you in determining whether you have a viable claim and what remedies and relief you would be entitled to.

by Ira Sherman, Esq.