Business owners often come across the mention of the Texas Deceptive Trade Practices Act while operating their day to day business. The DTPA deals with false claims that many businesses make in order to further their business interests. The false claims can include supplying used products and claiming them to be new, making false accusations against a competing business, untrue or misleading advertisements and more.
In order to address these issues, the Texas Attorney General's Office files civil enforcement actions under the provisions of the Deceptive Trade Practices Act in order to protect consumers and businesses from these unfair trade practices. In addition to the Attorney General's Office, a consumer or business can also file a complaint, which can form the basis of a state-conducted investigation. All products and services are in the Deceptive Trade Practices Act ambit except for professional advice.