Deceptive Trade Practice Lawyer in St. Louis
When a deal or promotion sounds too good to be true, listen to your instincts because you may be falling into the trap of a deceptive trade practice. Deceptive Trade Practices are the types of deals and promotions that entice customers using unbelievable deals or claims about products or services, but don’t actually offer the quality of level of goods or services that they advertise. This type of false advertising is actually against the law, and can be prosecuted. If you purchased a good or service because of advertising that was later proven to be deceptive and fraudulent, our Deceptive Trade Practices Lawyers are prepared to fight on your behalf to hold the business, individual or corporation that lied to you responsible for their negligent and deceitful actions.
If you or someone you care for has been the victim of a deceptive trade practice, whether it be in the form or a product or service, it is imperative that you seek immediate legal advice regarding your current situation. The Deceptive Trade Practices Lawyers of Dixon Law have the experience that you and your family need to successfully fight your case.
When you are ready to get the justice and compensation you deserve after you or a loved one has become the victim of a deceptive trade practice, call or contact the Deceptive Trade Practices Lawyers of Dixon Law.
Deceptive Trade Practices can be hidden behind paper adds, tv commercials, highway billboards, and even on cereal boxes. Knowing whether or not an add for a product is an honest add can be difficult until you actually have the physical product or service on hand. Unfortunately, by the time you have the actual product and realize that you’ve been the victim of a deceptive trade practice, it’s far too late. Here are several deceptive trade practices that our lawyers have identified:
- False Advertising – False advertising can include false statements about the quality of the product, false or deceptive guarantees, it can display the wrong picture for a product or a distorted picture, or it can show the product or service obtaining results that it cannot obtain. These types of false advertising are illegal and unethical.
- Unrealistic Estimates for Services – Corporations and Businesses compete for contracts, and often the company that provides the strongest estimate for services vs costs wins the contract. But when a business knowingly bids far under its competition and then uses “extra” costs along the way to get their service to a much higher price than what they initially charged, this is a deceptive and fraudulent trade practice.
- Charging Differently than What Advertisement Stated – They sold you on the advertisement, but now that they have you on the phone or in person at their store, the price they are actually charging is far higher and less appealing than what you were willing to pay. This is a deceptive trade practice, and many Missourians fall victim to it every year. If you’ve been conned by one of these types of advertisements, our Deceptive Trade Practice Lawyers are ready to ensure that the company or business that lied to you will be held liable for their lie.
- Deceptive Pricing – Bait and switch tactics are becoming more common with the ever-expanding internet, and with more people trying to find more ways to make money. Certain retailers use tactics like displaying an item as being on sale and listing the actual price of the item as 3-4 times higher than the current sale price, when in reality the item isn’t on sale at all. This is a common black Friday and holiday sales tactic that is underhanded and deceitful.
- False or Fraudulent Use of Sponsorships – Displaying that a product has the seal of approval of a certain company or individual, or that it is sponsored by an individual or company that it is in factuality not sponsored by, is a fraudulent and dishonest act. This is also incredibly illegal.
- Counterfit Goods – Selling a product and claiming that it is part of a certain brand or type is illegal and prosecutable under Missouri Laws. If you’ve purchased a product because you believed that it was of a certain quality that the brand implies, and you later discovered that what you purchased was a counterfeit product, you should pursue a legal claim against the individual or business that sold you the counterfeit product.
If you or someone you care for has fallen victim to a deceptive trade practice and one of the reasons above describes your claim, it is important that you speak with our Deceptive Trade Practice Lawyers immediately. Collecting evidence in a case of this type is a time sensitive endeavor, and the more time we have to put towards discovering evidence for your case the stronger we can make your claim.
What do I do If I’m the Victim of a Deceptive Trade Practice?
In Missouri, knowingly and willfully engaging in deceptive trade practices is a Class D Felony. The verbatim wording reads as such,
“Any person who willfully and knowingly engages in any act, use, employment or practice declared to be unlawful by this section with the intent to defraud shall be guilty of a class D felony.”
If you’ve been the victim of a deceptive trade practice, you do have a legal path for recourse and holding the responsible party accountable. These legal suits can be difficult, however. Proving that an individual intended to use fraudulent and deceptive practices can be difficult if you undertake the case by yourself. For these cases, it is highly recommended that you consult with a lawyer who has experience in pursuing deceptive trade practice claims. The Deceptive Trade Practice Attorneys of Dixon Law are prepared to use the knowledge they’ve gained over years of legal suits to ensure that you and your family are fully provided for throughout the entirety of the case.
When you are ready to begin fighting back, call or contact the Dixon Law Firm.