Texas Deceptive Trade Practices Act Litigation
Created in the early 1970s, the Texas Deceptive Trade Practices Act (DTPA) provides consumers with legal protection from unlawful business actions. Under the DTPA, a “consumer” is legally defined as “an individual, partnership, corporation” that “seeks or acquires by purchase or lease, any goods or services” from a specific company. If a consumer thinks his or her rights have been violated by that company, the individual or business may file a DTPA lawsuit against that company. Thus, it’s important for every business owner to not only be familiar with the DTPA, but also know how to avoid one of these lawsuits as well as take action if another company acts unethically in their business dealings.
Situations That Might Result In A DTPA Lawsuit
A DTPA lawsuit may be filed for a number of reasons. However, the most common reasons cited by consumers include:
- Warranty breach
- False or deceptive business practices
- “Unconscionable” acts
- Chapter 541 Texas Insurance Code violations
Under these situations, a consumer who believes that a business has engaged in unlawful behavior or actions might decide to file a DTPA lawsuit. This may lead to lengthy litigation, potentially requiring the services of an experienced, tenacious business law team.
At Cagle Carpenter Hazlewood, our knowledgeable lawyers can help you understand the specific requirements stipulated by the Texas DTPA and can answer any of your questions about handling business litigation whether you are the plaintiff or defendant. If you have questions or concerns about your business or about the Texas DTPA, contact us today to speak with one of our attorneys.