When businesses or individuals engage in deceptive trade practices, it hurts the economy, consumers and responsible business owners. These practices are not just illegal in many cases; they are also immoral. While most people work hard to build a company from the bottom up, deceptive individuals resort to cheating to attain similar goals.
You aren’t defenseless against these kinds of practices, however.
Examples of deceptive trade practices
Understanding these misleading practices can go a long way in helping you protect your business. Our lawyers have found that seeing some examples of deceptive acts is a great way to learn about what is illegal in the business community. Some primary examples include:
- False advertising of goods or services to make a profit
- Changing or counterfeiting a company’s mark for fraudulent use
- Claiming goods or services are sponsored by other organizations (saying a sports team sponsored a product, for example)
- Claiming that their products or services are those provided by another person or business
- Claiming goods are new when they are second-hand or used
- Claiming goods are original when they are not.
The Texas Deceptive Trade Practices Act contains comprehensive details about such practices. You can also learn more from a law firm experienced with commercial litigation.
The Act exists to protect consumers. However, commercial entities can also rely on the Act to help them fight against those who use deception to harm their companies. Seeking a solution through commercial litigation can stop others from compromising your business by stealing your customers or claiming their products are services are connected to yours.
Our attorneys invite you to continue reviewing our website content for additional information about commercial litigation and deceptive practices.