Eagle's Landing apartments uses illegal shills.

<p>I've never patronised them but I'm really tired of their tactics used to generate so-called "independent" fake "reviews" of their apartments across many websites, from craigslist to apartmentratings.com. On top of that, I wouldn't expect this to be illegal per se, they must spam craigslist with like 6-10 ads every day, at the expense of legitimate ads from poor students trying to find a decent sublet or subletter.</p>

<p>What are the laws on shilling in Virginia? Considering they routinely woo UVA students, is there any way to pursue legal action against them? I want to see unethical companies like these put out of business.</p>

<p>Needless to say, if they are this unethical in their advertising, one must wonder what horrors their actual service must be like.</p>

<p>[do not reply to this thread]</p>

<p>That's easy: take what you think is illegal and go to the law.</p>

<p>Yes, but how does one get the law's attention to the matter?</p>

<p><a href="http://www.ftc.gov/be/workshops/internetauction/11_Debbie_Matties_consumerProtection_slides.pdf%5B/url%5D"&gt;http://www.ftc.gov/be/workshops/internetauction/11_Debbie_Matties_consumerProtection_slides.pdf&lt;/a&gt;&lt;/p>

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Courts have stated a practice is deceptive in
violation of the FTC Act if there is:
1. A representation, omission, or practice likely to
mislead the consumer;
2. The consumer is acting reasonably under the
circumstances; and
3. The representation, omission, or practice is material.

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<p>however complaining to the FTC (a federal body) is unlikely to get the quick, local law enforcement response desired. or can local law enforcement take action on a federal offense?</p>