As beneficial as credit cards may be, there are notorious stories surrounding them and how they can quickly sink you into debt. Most of these tales have arisen from the fact that credit card offers or credit loans are written in legalese meant to distract or confuse the average consumer. Without a careful eye for credit issues, you might be signing a contract that is far worse than it appears on the surface.
If you live in Texas and have experienced credit issues, consumer protection law attorneys from The Law Offices of Alex R. Hernandez, Jr. PLLC can help you. For nearly 15 years, we have been dedicating our practice to the protection of people just like you through consumer class action lawsuits. Despite our experience and ability to recognize commonplace problems in cases involving credit card disputes, we do not allow ourselves to take cookie-cutter approaches; every client is unique, and we treat them that way.
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INTRODUCTION TO THE CREDIT CARD ACT
For many years, there has been legislation controlling how credit card companies may present themselves and their services. Mainly, acts have been passed to ensure that consumer rights are protected and no dishonest business practices are conducted.
Some of the acts that address credit issues are:
- Fair Debt Collection Practices Act
- Fair Credit Reporting Act
- Truth in Lending Act
- Fair Credit Billing Act
In 2009, another act – the Credit Card Accountability, Responsibility, and Disclosure (CARD) Act – was put into effect, bringing even more protection to consumers. Not only does this bill’s creation show that progress is being made to shield consumers, but also that credit card companies and lenders continue to try to exploit those who are not totally familiar with their credit issues, contracts, or the law.
The Credit CARD Act brought about a few noticeable changes, including:
1. Interest rate on existing balances cannot change if payments are made on-time.
2. Credit card rate increases are grounds for you to opt out.
3. Any rate or fee increase must be announced 45 days before instatement, up from 15.
4. Double-cycling billing is outright banned.
PROTECT THE RIGHTS YOU DID NOT KNOW YOU HAD
One of the major issues with credit loan and credit card law is that most people are simply unaware of their own rights. It is not a form of litigation that is brought up commonly in the media due to the general opaqueness of the matters it covers. Not knowing you had particular rights certainly does not strip them from you, however. With our consumer law attorneys in your corner, you can begin fighting back against unfair treatment from credit card companies. When the going gets tough, we can do all the heavy lifting for you. Through our consumer class lawsuits, we may be able to leave you comfortable, collected, and able to focus on other matters that may be more important to you, such as your family or business.
There could be multiple solutions to your credit issues. Get your case evaluation from our team today and we can start exploring your options.