Unfair & Deceptive Trade Practice
Unfair & Deceptive Trade Practice Lawyer
Product manufacturers and retailers take great time and expense to market their goods and services to make their products attractive to the consumer. This is perfectly legal unless they are intentionally deceiving the public. Deceptive trade practices are defined as false claims, misinformation or other deceptive tactics used to lure a consumer into buying a product.
If you have been a victim of deceptive trade practices, speak to the experienced lawyers at Paynter Law. We believe that these companies should be held accountable for their actions.
What Makes a Trade Practice Deceptive?
The Federal Trade Commission Act governs deceptive trade practices. This law was created to protect consumers from deceptive trade practices by the seller of goods or services, whether intentional or unintentional.
These activities can include matters such as:
- Inaccurate pricing;
- Purposefully distorting payment terms;
- Knowingly misrepresenting a product through false advertising; and
- Using “bait and switch” marketing tactics.
Because of the large number of consumers that can be affected by these cases, they often take the form of a class action lawsuit. A class action lawsuit is a good option where many people have lost a relatively small amount of money.
Examples of Deceptive Trade Practices
There are countless ways that businesses can deceive the consumer. Some common examples include:
- Representing goods as new, when they are reconditioned.
- Advertising goods with the intent of not selling them that way.
- Selling counterfeit goods.
- Misrepresenting characteristics, sponsorship, benefits or quantities of a good or service.
- Failing to disclose important information about the product.
- Using fictitious testimonials about a product.
- Enrolling a consumer in an automatically renewing program without disclosing the terms.
The lawyers at Paynter Law vigorously prosecute these matters. For instance, when we heard that a fly-by-night “debt settlement” company was fleecing consumers of millions of dollars every year, we took action and sued the company in federal court. After several years of hard fought litigation, that company is out of business and our plaintiff received a class-wide default judgment.
Contact Us to Learn More
At Paynter Law, we represent businesses and consumers who have become victim of deceptive trade practices. Whether we use mediation, negotiations or litigation, we are here to enforce your rights and hold these companies accountable.
If you have been a victim of deceptive trade practices, you may have a lot more recourse than you realize. In some cases, you could be able to recover up to three times your damages, if it can be proven that the deception was intentional. Keep in mind however, that you have a limited time to file a claim, so it important to take action.
Come in for a free consultation and speak to our experienced lawyers. We can listen to the circumstances of your case and give you a fair assessment of your legal options. Should you decide to file a claim, we will take your case on a contingency basis. You pay nothing until we receive compensation on your behalf. We believe in our skills and in our clients. We are passionate and dedicated to handling each of our cases with excellence.
Call us today for a free consultation at (202) 626-4486.