Can I Be Sued for Unfair Business Practices in California?

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Under California law, business owners may not take part in any fraudulent or unfair business practices, such as misleading advertising. That said, if a client or customer is currently accusing you of unfair business practices, you have a lot to consider, as a lawsuit can permanently damage your business. Please continue reading and reach out to our experienced Los Angeles, California commercial litigation lawyer today t

What actions constitute unlawful business practices in California?

The first thing you should understand is that there is a difference between unfair and unlawful, though a business can be both at the same time. Just some of the most common examples of unfair or unlawful business practices are as follows:

  • Employment discrimination
  • Employment harassment
  • Breach of a business contract
  • Bribery
  • Unfair competition
  • Financial fraud
  • Theft
  • Misrepresentation
  • False advertising
  • Deceptive pricing

How do you defend against charges of unfair business practices in California?

California Courts evaluate unfair business practices on a case-by-case basis. To ensure you receive a fair evaluation, you should first reach out to a skilled Los Angeles, California labor lawyer as soon as possible.

Together, you may argue any or all of the following:

  • You or your business did not knowingly or recklessly misrepresent an objective fact
  • The plaintiff did not purchase a product or service in reliance of the alleged misrepresentation or omission
  • The plaintiff did not, in fact, suffer actual financial harm as a consequence of the alleged unfair business practice

For example, a plaintiff can’t sue a restaurant for expressing the subjective opinion that they are “The Best in Town.” However, if the restaurant claims that the local newspaper awarded them the title of “The Best Place in Town,” when they received no such award, they may face legal jeopardy.

Before you proceed any further, you should give our firm a call.

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