Unfair Competition & Unfair Business Practices Claims
Unfair competition law consists of torts involving wrongful or deceptive business practices which cause economic injury to a business. Common instances of unfair business practices claims involve misleading advertising of a service or product, misappropriating trade secrets and confidential information and defamation. It is illegal to persuade people to enter into any business obligation based on misleading and fraudulent information released in any publication, including newspapers, publications and the Internet. It is also illegal for companies to engage in unfair business practices. Recent court decisions have fostered the use of these types of claims against insurers.
Recovery and Damages for Unfair Competition & Unfair Business Practices Claims
California law protects businesses and consumers from unfair competition and unfair business practices. For example, California’s Unfair Competition Law (“UCL”), Business & Professions Code section 17200 et seq., prohibits illegal, fraudulent, and “unfair” business practices, and Business & Professions Code section 17500 prohibits false advertising. Using these statutes, individuals or businesses who have been damaged or harmed may bring suit for injunctive relief, restitution and disgorgement of profits depending on the unlawful/unfair business practices at issue. There are many other types of claims that can made against a business that are beyond the scope of this discussion.
Unfair Competition & Unfair Business Experience
McKennon Law Group PC has significant experience in litigating and resolving unfair competition and unfair business experience disputes for individual and businesses, including insurance policyholders. We have litigated and been consulted on hundreds of unfair competition and unfair business experience, ERISA insurance, disability insurance, bad faith and other matters. Recent court decisions have liberalized the use of these types of claims against insurers and we have been a leader in pursuing these types of claims against insurers. Because of our aggressive advocacy and our regional and national reputation as a leading litigation firm, we are able to achieve maximum settlements and judgments/verdicts at trial.
We have the knowledge and experience required to successfully represent clients in unfair competition and unfair business disputes. We have handled cases that impact our business clients’ ability to compete fairly, and our consumer clients’ ability to make sound choices in the products and services that they purchase. We have represented clients involving business torts and contract disputes under the UCL. In fact, McKennon Law Group PC founding partner Robert J. McKennon previously represented Fortune 500 companies before founding McKennon Law Group PC. He was recently named in the Business Edition of Thomson Reuters/Super Lawyers annual list of the nation’s top attorneys in business practice areas. We are well suited to litigate your business dispute and we will aggressively litigate your case to achieve maximum success. We have significant trial experience and we are not afraid to go to trial when necessary.
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