Litigating Claims Of Unfair Competition
When a business engages in trade practices that are fraudulent or deceptive, it usually has a motive. The motive is to improve its bottom line at the expense of consumers and competing companies. Sometimes, those practices are just sharp business practices. Sometimes, they cross the line.
At Slinde Nelson, in Portland, Oregon, our lawyers represent consumers and businesses wishing to pursue claims for fraud and other unfair trade practices. As former business owners ourselves, we understand the importance of fair play. When a company decides that it does not need to follow the law, we are ready to assert your rights.
What Types Of Claims Are In Play In Your Case?
Our attorneys will carefully investigate the facts of your case to determine possible common law or statutory claims you may have. Some of these may be:
- Antitrust violations
- Securities violations
- Billing fraud and other types of business fraud
- Intentional interference with business relationships
- False advertising and trademark infringement
In Washington, the Consumer Protection Act applies to businesses-to-business fraud, in addition to fraud against consumers. This law may provide triple damages and attorney fees if you win your case.
How Was Your Business Harmed?
Unfair competition, false advertising and fraudulent misrepresentations cause harm not just to consumers but also to competing businesses or vendors. As a businessperson, you can hold other companies liable for unethical business practices.
Our lawyers also pursue cases under statutes such as:
- The federal Lanham Act, which prohibits businesses from engaging in a variety of unfair practices related to advertising and trademarks
- Federal Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act (RICO)
- State versions of RICO
Slinde Nelson handles wrongful and unfair or deceptive business practice claims throughout Oregon and Washington.
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There are times when claims for unfair and deceptive business practices will be difficult to prove. If that is the case for you, we will tell you upfront and advise against filing suit. We are not interested in getting you to pay legal fees if we don’t believe we can win your case.