What can I do about a company that has bullied me into paying for unsolicited services?

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What can I do about a company that has bullied me into paying for unsolicited services?

I started receiving unsolicited magazines a few months ago and it wasn’t until after the company that sent the magazines “30 day” policy had expired did they contact me. Since I didn’t order them I had no idea about the “30 day” policy. I was bullied into giving them my routing number. If I were to try and sue or deal with their collections do I have a leg to stand on?

Asked on June 13, 2011 under General Practice, Florida

Answers:

SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 10 years ago | Contributor

Unfortunately, the law does not recognized being "bullied" as a cause of action. If they committed fraud against you--for example, the company lied or misrepresented in order to get you to sign up--that might give you grounds to rescind (cancel) the deal and get your money back. Or if they stole you identify or bank information and used it without your consent, that would be a crime as well as grounds to cancel without penalty. On the other hand, if they just pressured you, called repeatedly, engaged in a "hard sell," etc., then there is no legal recourse; they did nothing legal wrong, and you could have simply said no, had you so chosen.


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