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The law of unfair competition

On Behalf of | Sep 6, 2017 | Business Litigation

Running a business in Florida can be rewarding, but will also most likely come with unique stresses and difficulties. It is often hard enough to keep your company profitable without other businesses making it even more difficult to reach your goals. If you feel that you have been affected by someone else who has violated the law of unfair competition, you may need professional legal help. We at the Law Offices of Levi Williams can fight for your rights and ensure that you get the compensation and representation you deserve.

One of the first steps will be understanding what qualifies as unfair competition. According to the Cornell Law School Legal Information Institute, there are some aspects of this topic that are governed by federal laws and others that are left to the discretion of individual states. The federal government will be responsible for handling any unauthorized use of copyrights or trademarks. False advertising may also fall under the jurisdiction of federal judges.

State officials will be in charge of handling most other aspects of this law. One aspect, known as unfair trade practices, can include false advertising, theft of trade secrets, trade libel or the breach of a restrictive covenant. Businesses may also be guilty of this crime if they falsely represent their services or products or solicit customers through the use of confidential information offered by a former employee.

If you order products from another company, that business can be guilty of unfair competition if your preferred brand is substituted with another without prior consent. For more information on this topic, please visit our web page.