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Legal Services Deceptive Trade Practices Act
Texas Deceptive Trade Practices Act Attorneys (DTPA)
The DTPA was enacted by the Texas Legislature to protect consumers from deceptive business practices. The act entitles consumers redress in cases involving false or misleading business practices, breaches of warranty, on the part of companies and corporations. Pursuant to the Act, consumers may be entitled to double, and in some instances, three times their actual damages, punitive damages, plus attorney’s fees and court costs. The attorneys at JWE are experienced in prosecuting and defending alleged violations of the DTPA.
Unlawful Acts of Business Under the DTPA
There are a number of different accusations that may be leveled against a business in relation to the DTPA. The following list, though not exhaustive, does provide some illustrations of the kinds of deceptive conduct that is prohibited:
Misrepresentation regarding and insurance policy or insurer
Presenting old, used, or defective merchandise as if it were brand new
Falsely claiming goods have an official endorsement or approval they do not
Falsely claiming merchandise contains certain ingredients or is composed of certain materials it is not
Claiming a product is manufactured or made somewhere different than its actual place of origin
Creating a false impression that an association or affiliation with another company or product exists when it does not
Falsely claiming products or services are provided by a certain company when they are not
Claiming certain price reductions are available and then refusing to honor these earlier claims
Making unsubstantiated or false claims about another company's goods or services
Claiming products or services are of a certain quality or standard when they are not
If you have been misled by the business practices of a company, retailer, insurance agent, or contractor or your business has been accused of committing any form of the above, the attorneys at JWE are here to help you.