Antitrust & Unfair Competition
Antitrust laws protect businesses and consumers from restraint of trade, monopolies, price fixing, and price discrimination. Unfair competition laws protect businesses and consumers from deceptive trade practices, including the following:
- Misrepresenting the geographical origin of goods.
- Misrepresenting the ingredients of goods.
- Saying the goods are new when they are actually used, reconditioned, damaged, or “seconds.”
- Disparaging the goods or services of another.
- Advertising goods without the intent to sell them.
- Resetting the odometer of a motor vehicle.
- Falsely representing that a business is going out of business.
- Failing to ship or deliver goods sold.
- Employing a chain referral sales plan.
- Pyramid sales structures.
- Intentionally misrepresenting a warranty or guarantee.
- Failing to disclose damage to a vehicle offered for sale.
- Falsely offering gifts, awards, or prizes in telephone sales solicitations.
Lanier Ford advises business, corporate, and technology clients about avoiding civil and criminal liability from violations of laws governing antitrust and unfair competition. We also represent clients in any litigation arising from claims alleging violation of these laws. Finally, we represent clients confronted with actions by their competitors that violate antitrust and unfair competition laws.