Houston Unfair Trade Practices Attorneys
Helping Clients Fight Fraud & Misleading Sales Tactics
At Hawash Cicack & Gaston LLP, we understand that business owners who are trying to expand and retain their customer base rely on other parties to manufacture and provide merchandise and products that will allow their operations to compete and succeed. Have you signed a contract with a vendor, contractor, or distributor that has left you in a delicate position because the other party failed to fulfill the terms of the agreement? If so, call our legal team today so we can discuss your situation and determine how to use the law to pursue justice on your behalf.
The Texas Deceptive Trade Practices Act
Under the Texas Deceptive Trade Practices Act (DTPA), consumers and businesses with assets worth less than $25 million are protected from fraudulent or deceptive practices. From bait-and-switch marketing tactics to claims for warranties and service agreements, the DTPA covers a wide range of fraud and misrepresentation. Although the issue of which party is entitled to sue under the DTPA is not always clear cut, our lawyers can provide top-notch, action-driven counsel to assess your dispute and determine if you can file a claim under the DTPA.
Acts & Practices Prohibited by the DTPA
The DTPA covers the following misleading, false, or deceptive practices:
- Advertising or representing goods or services under a different company than the company that actually made the goods or performed services.
- Creating confusion regarding the source sponsorship, approval, or certification of goods or services.
- Using deceptive representatives or designations to claim a product is from a certain country or location when it is not.
- Passing off secondhand or reconditioned goods as new.
- Creating false or using misleading representations of facts to disparage the goods, services, or business of another party.
- Using misleading advertisements to sell goods or services or promote price reductions.
- Misrepresenting or making false statements about a written contract.
- Falsely claiming certain work or parts are needed to repair a product when they are not.
- Misrepresenting the authority of a salesperson, representative, or agent during negotiations over the final terms of a consumer transaction.
- Fraudulently representing going out of business to advertise a sale.
- Representing that a guaranty or warranty covers specific rights that aren’t actually covered.
- Failing to disclose information at the time of the transaction that would likely have swayed the consumer to not complete the transaction if the information wasn’t withheld.
- Taking advantage of a disaster declared by the Governor.
Whether you are facing or need to file a lawsuit over unfair trade practices, our lawyers at Hawash Cicack & Gaston LLP can provide you with a unique perspective and reliable and efficient counsel to protect your rights throughout the legal process. We take great pride in providing our clients with individualized, action-driven representation that is backed by decades of practical experience.
Lawyers with extensive expertise across a wide range of industries.
A team who genuinely cares about finding you the best resolution.
Responsive counsel with a track record of success.
Accepts cases on contingent, hourly and mixed fee basis.