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West Bloomfield Attorneys Combat Unfair Trade Practices

Michigan lawyers protect consumers

Unfair or deceptive trade practices harm consumers and rob competing businesses. If you’ve been victimized by a devious merchant, marketer or manufacturer, the law provides remedies. Richard E. Segal & Associates, P.C. represents consumers and businesses who’ve been taken advantage of or infringed upon by unscrupulous individuals and business entities.

Fighting to protect consumers

One foundation of our free market is trust. Consumers must have confidence that what they purchase is what they were promised. We stand up for consumers with legal action to remedy 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

Enforcing safeguards for honest businesses

The dishonest practices listed above not only harm consumers, they poison the market for ethical businesses that provide valuable goods and services at fair prices. We protect reputable businesses against deceitful acts that target consumers, as well as unfair practices aimed directly at competitors, including:

  • Breaches of restrictive covenants
  • Infringement of copyrights and patents
  • Theft of trade secrets
  • Threats, intimidation or bribery
  • Tortuous interference
  • Trade defamation/libel
  • Trade name or trademark infringement
  • Misappropriation of a name or likeness
  • Undue influence

Legal remedies are available

Unfair trade practices are regulated by federal and state law. If the unfair trade practice can be proven, your remedies may include:

  • Actual damages — monetary losses you can prove
  • Statutory damages — minimum amounts provided by law regardless of proof of actual damages
  • Treble damages — many 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 — to stop the unfair practice

Contact a dedicated Michigan law firm to protect your rights in the marketplace

To schedule a consultation with a consumer or business advocate at Richard E. Segal & Associates, P.C., call 248-592-7117 or contact the firm online. Our office is conveniently located in West Bloomfield and serves clients throughout Michigan.