What Is Unfair Business Practice in CA?

  • Posted on: May 15 2020
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Despite the fact that everyone should utilize fair business practices, this is not always the case. Unfair business practices are prohibited under California law, and include things such as fraud and misrepresentation. 

Unfair business practices consist of fraud, misrepresentation and any other unconscionable acts that a business may perform. These are often taken against consumers and are prohibited by law.

California’s Unfair Competition Law

Under California’s unfair competition law, deceptive advertising, and unlawful, fraudulent, and unfair business practices are illegal. Additionally, the state’s false advertising law prohibits businesses from engaging in false, misleading, and deceptive advertising. 

Anyone who has incurred damages as a result of such activity has the right to bring an injunction in order to stop these practices and to receive restitution for what they experienced. These companies will also be subject to compensatory and punitive damages if convicted.

Illegal and Unfair Business Practices

California law provides regulations concerning deceptive trade and generally places the liability on the business for illegal and unfair business practices such as:

  • Creation of a monopoly
  • False advertising
  • Predatory lending
  • Violations of do-not-call and unsubscribe requests
  • Conspiracy to fix market prices by speaking with competitors about pricing
  • Price discrimination (favorable and unfair pricing) by way of dominant industry power
  • Conspiracy to boycott through conversing with other businesses
  • Bait and switch for the purpose of deceiving customers
  • Conspiracy to split up markets, customers, or territories

What is the Statute of Limitations for Unfair Business Practices?

Under California law, all unfair business practice lawsuits must be filed within four years from the time that cause of action accrued. This is a comparable timeline to common law crimes. 

When you have suffered from an unlawful business practice, you should be fully compensated for the damages that you have incurred. You may also be entitled to compensatory and punitive damages depending on the facts of the case and its severity. 

The Law Offices of Brian L. Fox, APLC Helps Those in CA Who Have Suffered from (Illegal) Unfair Business Practices

If you have a claim of fraud or unfair business practices against a business or if you need to defend yourself against such a claim, it is in your best interest to consult with a knowledgeable and experienced business law attorney. An attorney can listen to your story, investigate the facts, provide legal advice, and walk you through the legal process. 

At the Law Offices of Brian L. Fox, APLC, we understand how important it is to protect yourself from harmful business practices, which are also illegal, or to defend yourself against such accusations. 

Our qualified business law attorneys can help you to receive the compensation that you deserve. Don’t bear your losses on your own; We can help. To learn more about tax law or to schedule a free consultation, contact us today!

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