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Unlawful Fees Charged to Small Businesses

| Mar 12, 2019 | Firm News

The attorneys at Montgomery & Ponder, LLC are investigating and filing lawsuits on behalf of small business owners who have been charged unlawful or illegal fees by vendors. These unlawful fees are being charged by corporation in a variety of industries, including:

  • EquipmentRental
  • Waste Disposal
  • Commercial Food Delivery
  • Restaurant Supply
  • Shredding/Recycling
  • Transportation / Delivery Companies
  • Other Supply and Equipment Delivery Companies

Our clients are generally small businesses that have rented equipment or have a contract for delivery/pick-up services and have been charged illegal or misrepresented fees, such as:

  • Fuel Surcharges
  • Environmental Fees
  • Administrative Fees
  • Service Fees

While some of these “fees” are legitimate and allowed under the contract, often times we discover that the small businesses did not agree to these charges. In some cases, the contract misrepresents how the fee will be calculated or how it will be used. Also, these fees are sometimes not even allowed by the pre-printed contracts.

Ongoing and past successful litigation has established that these large corporation often use these fees solely to increase their profits and not for the reasons stated in the contract. We have also seen instances where companies enter into fixed-priced contracts with customers and then unlawfully increase the price during the term of the contacts.

We suggest small business owners review their vendor contracts immediately to determine if they are being charged illegal fees. A description of these fees typically are found on a pre-printed form or the back of invoices.

If you or your company have charged fees by a vendor that you do not believe is allowed under the contract, please contact the attorneys at Montgomery & Ponder, LLC at (205) 377-5004.