Saint Petersburg Attorney Litigates Claims of Unfair Trade Practices
Florida lawyer protects businesses and employees
Unfair or deceptive trade practices that violate the Federal Trade Commission Act or similar state statutes harm competing businesses and employees. Fordham Law Firm PLLC represents aggrieved companies and employees who have seen the market for their products or services damaged due to unlawful conduct from powerful business interests, working individually or in concert with other entities. I help plaintiffs with valid claims recover actual damages, attorney fees, and injunctive relief that ends the offending behavior. On the other hand, I defend businesses whose legitimate actions to protect their commercial interests have resulted in specious claims from disappointed competitors. If you have questions about your company’s exposure to liability for an unfair or deceptive trade practice claim, or you want to protect your right to an open and fair market for your goods or services, Fordham Law Firm PLLC has the experience and resources to help.
Resolving disputes between businesses and between companies and employees
Fordham Law Firm PLLC represents plaintiff and defendant companies in disputes alleging unfair trade practices. I also represent employers and employees in employment contract cases, where an alleged breach damages the ability of the company to do business or unfairly limit’s the employee’s chances of earning a living. Issues I litigate include:
- Breaches of restrictive covenants
- Infringement of copyrights and patents
- Misappropriation of a name or likeness
- Theft of intellectual property or trade secrets
- Tortious interference
- Trade name, trademark or service mark infringement
- Undue influence
In many instances, I am able to avoid trial and negotiate a resolution that protects my client’s interests. However, when necessary, I am prepared to litigate matters vigorously in state or federal court.
Legal remedies in unfair trade practice lawsuits
Unfair trade practices are regulated by federal and state law. If a plaintiff is able to prove unfair trade practice by a preponderance of the evidence, the court may order various remedies:
- Actual damages. Monetary losses you can prove
- Statutory damages. Minimum amounts provided by law regardless of proof of actual damages
- Treble damages. Some states allow courts to triple the damage award to further discourage unfair trade
- Punitive damages. Additional monetary award meant to punish the defendant for his dishonesty
- Attorney’s fees. Reimbursement is available in some states
- Court injunction. An order to stop the unfair practice
I am often able to negotiate mutually acceptable terms of relief that avoid the time and expense of litigation, as well as the risk of an adverse court ruling.
Defense to consumer claims against businesses
The basis of the laws against unfair trade practices is that violations ultimately deprive consumers of the benefits of a competitive marketplace. Consumers individually or as a class can bring suit against a commercial company for a variety of fraudulent practices, such as:
- “Bait and switch” selling tactics
- Breaches of warranty
- Deceptive pricing practices
- False or deceptive advertising
- False claims of sponsorship, approval or affiliation
- Fraudulent offers of gifts or prizes
- Pyramid schemes
- Sale of substandard good
Unfortunately, the standards for proof in such cases can be very lax, making it all the more important to have an experienced business litigation attorney on your side.
Contact a dedicated Florida law firm to protect your rights in the marketplace
To schedule a consultation with a consumer or business advocate at Fordham Law Firm PLLC, call 727-456-0009 or contact me online. My office is conveniently located in Saint Petersburg and serves clients throughout Florida.