Consumer Resources

If you believe that you have been the victim of a crime, contact your local police department or sheriff’s department.

 

The Division of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection handles most consumer complaints in Wisconsin.

 

https://datcp.wi.gov/Pages/Homepage.aspx

 

The Department of Financial Institutions regulates financial services such as banks and credit unions, credit cards, debut adjustment loans, and debt collection agencies. It also regulates charities.

 

https://www.wdfi.org/

 

The Department of Transportation regulates automobile sales.

 

http://wisconsindot.gov/Pages/home.aspx

 

The Educational Approval Board oversees some private, for-profit colleges.

 

http://eab.state.wi.us/

 

The Office of the Commissioner of Insurance regulates insurance companies.

 

https://oci.wi.gov/Pages/Homepage.aspx

 

 

Federal Government Agencies:

 

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau oversees federal laws that affect banks and credit unions, credit cards, and loans.

 

http://www.consumerfinance.gov/

 

The Consumer Product Safety Commission issues recalls of consumer products that pose an unreasonable risk of injury or death.

 

https://www.cpsc.gov/home

 

The Federal Trade Commission protects consumers by stopping unfair, deceptive, or fraudulent practices in the marketplace.

 

https://www.ftc.gov/

 

 

Do you need to find your own lawyer?

 

You can reach the State Bar of Wisconsin’s legal referral network at http://www.wisbar.org/forPublic/INeedaLawyer/Pages/i-need-a-lawyer.aspx

 

Both of Wisconsin’s law schools have student clinics that may provide some help.

 

Marquette Volunteer Legal Clinic (Milwaukee):

 

http://law.marquette.edu/mvlc/

 

University of Wisconsin Law School Consumer Law Clinic (Madison):

 

https://law.wisc.edu/eji/clc/