Understanding the Texas Deceptive Trade Practices Act
The Texas Deceptive Trade Practice Act (DTPA) provides important protections to consumers that both consumers and businesses should be aware of. It was established in the 1970s and is specifically designed to protect the financial and personal interests of consumers who have paid for the goods or services of a company. “Consumer” has a broad definition under the DTPA, and is established as “an individual, partnership, or corporation” that “seeks or acquires by purchase or lease, any goods or services” from another business, company, or individual. If violations of personal or financial rights occur in such a relationship, then the affected consumer might take legal action against the business, prompting either party to need legal help.
What Causes a DTPA Lawsuit?
A consumer may choose to file a DTPA lawsuit against a business or other entity for a number of reasons, including:
- Violation of Chapter 541 of the Texas Insurance Code
- False or deceptive business actions / practices
- Breach of warranty by a business
- Acts considered “unconscionable” that are perpetuated by a business
Many people are unsure of their legal rights when a company or business has caused them harm or loss in some way, personally, professionally, or financially. However, as the DTPA allows consumers to take legal action against businesses which they believe have acted in violation of these regulations, it’s critical that both consumers and businesses understand the way this act works.
Whether you are a paying consumer who feels that your rights have been violated or a company who is facing a DTPA lawsuit, you may need the help and experience of Slater Pugh, Ltd. LLP. Our legal team can help you fight to protect your rights and interests in this situation. Learn more about your options as a consumer or your rights as a company by calling today.