Was Your Business Harmed By Another Company’s Unethical Practices?
As any business owner knows, it isn’t easy to succeed in a competitive marketplace. Unfortunately, some businesses seek to get ahead dishonestly, hurting both consumers and competitors in the process. If your business suffered harm because another company violated the Florida Deceptive and Unfair Trade Practices Act (FDUTPA) or other applicable laws, Saavedra-Goodwin is here to help you seek accountability and compensation.
Our team of attorneys is highly skilled and experienced in litigation. One of our lawyers is also a certified mediator and qualified arbitrator who is well-known and respected for his effectiveness and communication skills. Whether your claim can be resolved using alternative dispute resolution methods or requires traditional litigation, Saavedra-Goodwin is the easy choice for representation.
Unfair Practices Hurt Consumers And Other Businesses
Consumers are often the victims needing protection under the FDUTPA. However, unscrupulous businesses also harm honest competitors and other businesses. The FDUTPA prohibits practices such as:
- False advertising and misrepresentation of services: Businesses are guilty of this if they make promises or guarantees they have no intention of keeping, claim products/services are better than they actually are, withhold critical information or use deceptive pictures and images to get sales.
- Misrepresentation of warranty: Claiming a product or service is guaranteed for longer than it actually is or includes more coverage than it actually does.
- Bait-and-switch: Getting customers in the door with the promise of very low prices, then charging them more or switching for a more expensive product.
Sometimes, other businesses are the “customers” who have been harmed by these unethical practices. Some breach of contract claims are, in fact, FDUTPA claims. However, even when the primary victims are regular consumers, such practices harm other businesses through unfair competition. They lure away would-be customers with offers that are too good to be true and erode consumer trust in all similar businesses.
Let Us Help You Hold Another Business Accountable For Unfair Trade Practices
If your business suffered damages because a competitor or other company violated the Florida Deceptive and Unfair Trade Practices Act, our attorneys are ready to help you seek all available legal remedies.
A successful claim will establish the following three elements:
- Another business engaged in unfair practices and/or deceptive acts
- Your business was harmed as a direct result of those unfair/deceptive practices
- Your business suffered actual damages, often (but not always) in the form of lost profits
These cases are often much more complex than the summary above would suggest. They are best litigated with the help of attorneys who have an in-depth knowledge of the law and decades of courtroom experience.