Competition is an inevitable (and entirely necessary) part of running a business. While your competition can be brutal at times and may even threaten your business, for the most part, it’s just the way business goes. However, there are certain limits on what your competition can do, and if they cross the line, you may be able to take legal action. But what exactly is considered to be an “unfair” competition practice? Moreover how can you protect yourself from these practices and recognize them when they happen to you? Keep reading for more information.
Defining Unfair Competition
Unfair competition is defined as trying to gain a competitive advantage over other businesses using fraudulent or deceptive practices. There are laws in place that protect your business from falling victim to such practices, but there typically won’t be any action taken against the offender unless someone files a lawsuit against the company. This is because, in most cases, the unfair practice isn’t immediately apparent to outside parties. So, if you want to ensure that a business using unfair competition practices is punished for their actions, you’re going to have to take action yourself.
What Qualifies as Unfair Competition?
There’s a reason that we’re all so familiar with the phrase, “It’s just business.” Companies are constantly trying to show up their competition, and the race to the top of your industry can be a brutal one. Obviously, you can’t claim unfair competition any time your competitors’ actions have a negative impact on your business. It is only when they go beyond what is clearly fair and legal that you can take action against them. Some of the most common examples of unfair competitions practices include:
These are only the most common examples of unfair competition practices that often lead to litigation. However, they are not the only instances that may validate pursuing a court case. If your competitor is engaging in any practice that is blatantly dishonest, give us a call. We may still be able to help.
Protecting Yourself from Unfair Competition
Your business is protected from unfair competition practices through both state and federal laws, including the Federal Trade Commission (FTC). However, as we’ve already mentioned, you may have to take action and pursue litigation before the business in question faces any repercussions. While it is possible that their unfair practices will be noticed and stopped without you having to step forward, why would you want to subject your business to further losses because of these practices? The best way to protect yourself from unfair competition is to take action the moment you have proof of the fraudulent behavior.
If your business has been harmed by your competitors’ dishonest or fraudulent actions, contact The Harr Law Firm today. We’ll sit down with you to discuss your options, determine the strength of your case, and pursue reparations in court. Give us a call to schedule your consultation today.