Consumer Fraud and False Advertising
Monterey Consumer Fraud and False Advertising Attorney
Consumer fraud and false advertising lawsuits arise when a consumer is take advantage of by a business and damaged as a result. This can include purchasing a good or service that is not what was advertised. This can also include signing a business or service contract with unfair or sneaky terms. If a business under-delivers, over-promises, misrepresents or rips off a consumer, that business can be held liable in a court of law for its actions. Examples of unfair business practices may include:
- Errant Calculations
- Overcharging or Charging for Services Not Provided
- Bait and Switch Tactics
- Misrepresentations Made By Salespeople or Service Agents
- Contract Terms That Differ From the Terms Verbally Promised
- Deceptive Advertising
- Sales Tactics That Leave Consumers Without a Choice
- Developing Policies That Are Unfairly One Sided
- Usurious Rates
- Illegal Penalty Provisions
California has some of the toughest pro-consumer laws in the United States. California’s “Unfair Competition Law” and “False Advertising Law” provide California consumers with a remedy for the wrongful acts of businesses. These laws hold businesses responsible if they act unlawfully, unfairly or fraudulently.
What constitutes unlawful, unfair of fraudulent conduct, for which a business may be liable to a consumer, is a fact based analysis. In other words, whether a consumer has a claim against a business under these laws is determined on a case by case basis and depends on the specific facts surrounding each transaction. In addition, the law in this area changes frequently and new tests and applications of these laws are regularly established by the courts. For this reason, it is important that you have an attorney that is familiar with these laws and the cases interpreting them.
The attorneys at the Piccuta Law Group, LLP have experience handling consumer claims. We are familiar with California’s consumer protection statutes and their real world application. If you believe you were taken advantage of or treated unfairly by a business or commercial enterprise, contact the Piccuta Law Group, LLP today. One of our attorneys will meet with you and provide a consultation at no charge to determine if you have a case.