Anyone who pays attention to business in Texas is probably aware that some businesses in the state resort to unfair and even illegal practices to further their own particular interests. These practices include putting products of inferior quality on the market, maligning other businesses and using misleading forms of advertising to lure customers into bad deals. To help prevent such practices, the state of Texas enacted the Deceptive Trade Practices Act, which was discussed in an earlier post on this blog.
The Texas attorney general's office is charged with enforcing provisions of the DTPA but does not directly represent consumers or businesses in any legal action. The office does protect consumers' interests by filing civil actions and enforcing court orders. Some of these actions may result in compensation to consumers, but when a legal filing or ruling does not directly result in compensation, consumers have the right to use those findings in filing their own lawsuits against alleged perpetrators.
However, because any civil action against a business can be a complex venture, if the amount at stake is significant it is usually wise for a plaintiff to retain experienced legal representation. Businesses often have robust representation themselves, making it tough for any plaintiff to prove a business engaged in unethical behavior.
The Houston law firm of Manfred Sternberg & Associates, PC has handled many cases related to the DTPA. The firm's attorneys understand and practice in a large number of areas in which deceptive practices often occur, including real estate, construction, insurance and investments. Anyone who wishes to know more about how the law firm can help them should visit the firm's DTPA webpage.