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NYC Unfair Competition Lawyers

The unfair competition business practices that have caused economic injury to your company falls under a blanket term that covers unfair tactics. This ranges anywhere from stealing proprietary information to misleading customers. We live in a free economy where deceptive and unfair business practices come with consequences. Instead of fairly competing, sometimes businesses have taken it too far. It’s true that the right to compete has importance and value to our economy, but we still need fair business practices.

What are Examples of Unfair Competition?

Some of your most common examples include trade defamation, trademark infringement and misappropriation of trade secrets. False advertising is another practice that is frowned upon. When it comes to trademarks, this has also become another form of unfair competition laws. Trademark has the purpose of identifying the brand of a product. This becomes entirely about market trust. If the competition tries to associate dishonest information with your brand, it can unwittingly erode the trust that the market has in your brand, and that’s what trademark infringement has been designed for.

Reclaiming Your Rights

The competition doesn’t have a right to make unfair statements or deceptive statements about their products and business. Trade secrets have turned into the second most common part of unfair business practices. The harsh reality is that the competitors will work hard in an effort to learn your most valuable trade secrets. Next, they might reverse engineer a product, which is considered acceptable. However, you do have cases where it classifies as unfair competition. These are cases where you might have legal weight in the court system. Some of the possible examples of this include eavesdropping, impersonating an employee or stealing information from the competitor is illegal. This classifies as unfair competition. Another problem is how once a competitor has discovered a trade secret, it no longer becomes a secret. When the competition uses unfair means of getting this information, you might be protected by the law.

Unfair Competition: Take the Legal Battle to Them

What’s the remedy to unfair competition? Some of the remedies that you might seek for these practices include injunctions to order this party to cease their unfair business practices and compensation for the damages that led to the economic injury. Fairness has become the bedrock upon which all business sits on within a free country, and whenever companies overstep their boundaries on this, you have a legal right to protect your business. If you have experience unfair competition from a competitor, you should let an attorney resolve this problem because they have the legal understanding to handle it.

George FernandezGeorge Fernandez
14:16 30 Apr 24
Excellent 10 out of 10, Helped resolve my case. Jeremy explained everything and made everything easy to understand.
RajRaj
21:33 24 Apr 24
If you are looking for a lawyer that listens, is aggressive where needed, and holds his word above all else, Todd is the best pick. I had hired multiple attorneys prior to hiring the Spodek Group for a white collar case. The first thing that stood out to me was the cost, as anyone going through the process and dealing with the system, money was tight at that time - especially after hiring and firing multiple lawyers. The cost was not as high as others which was definitely a plus. Todd's intake process was also unlike other attorneys. He took the time to actually listen. He cared. He was trying to put himself in my shoes while I was explaining the situation to him and he really took the time to understand the whole situation. Other lawyers will give you 15 mins and send you a retainer agreement. Not Todd, I think he spent almost two hours with me as I was explaining everything.Not only was he great during the onboarding process, he was supportive and very informative through the entire plea process and eventually sentencing. After hiring him, I asked if I should hire a prison consultant, he told me to save my money as he would do everything they would. He was right and held up to his word. Later on I would hear from others that went with the prison consultants that they were a waste of money - I am glad I listened to Todd!When it came time for sentencing, two days prior to sentencing, the prosecutor tried increasing my proposed prison time by almost double - apparently a normal move. Todd and his team worked with me non-stop through the weekend prior to sentencing to ensure that I was not given additional prison time. Again, he took the time to listen and came up with a strategy to explain the case with great detail.Unfortunately, I did plead guilty as that was my best option. Todd and his whole team wrote up nearly 300 pages of a summary of what happened and why I should not be given prison time. If I breakdown the amount I spent with Todd versus the amount of work that I saw being done, I am shocked I was not charged four times as much. The other benefit was, a lot of criminal defense lawyers were just a single attorney with a paralegal or two. Todd had a team of people that I dealt with (5-7 people that I interacted with), but he was ALWAYS accessible. It would never take him more than an hour to reply unless he was in court.I was sentenced to prison and I was emotionally distraught. Todd and his team did whatever they could even after sentencing to make sure I was alright. He personally stayed in touch with my family to ensure I was doing alright and offered support to them. Most lawyers would consider the job complete at sentencing, not Todd.After prison, Todd still spent time with me to make sure I was on the right track and avoiding any potential risks in the future. He has also been giving advice on how to navigate probation etc and has not been looking at the clock for billing.Although I wish I had never been arrested in the first place, I am glad I had Todd and his team in my corner. Without them I likely would have had to spend a lot more time in prison than I did.Thank you, Todd, and the entire Spodek Law team, for helping turn what was a nightmare into a manageable situation!
Yelva Saint-PreuxYelva Saint-Preux
19:26 19 Apr 24
I am immensely grateful to the entire team at Spodek Law Group for their unwavering dedication and exceptional expertise throughout my case. From our initial consultation to the final resolution, their professionalism and tireless advocacy made all the difference. Their strategic approach and attention to detail instilled confidence in me every step of the way.Thanks to their hard work and commitment, we achieved a truly favorable outcome that exceeded my expectations. Not only did they navigate the complexities of my case with precision, but they also provided invaluable support and guidance during what was undoubtedly a challenging time. I cannot recommend Spodek Law Group highly enough, especially attorneys Todd Spodek and Claire Banks; they are beacons of excellence in the legal profession.YSP.
Katherine SunKatherine Sun
18:08 18 Apr 24
my lawyer is Alex Zhik. Efficient, patient and professional
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17:48 18 Apr 24
Todd, Ralph and Alex are amazing. Helped my husband get from a double digit number with multiple charges to a single digit, by the time I blink he will be out. They very professional and help with all your needs. They dealt with my anxiety and worry very well and they understand that your family member needs to get home as soon as possible.
Keisha ParrisKeisha Parris
20:45 15 Mar 24
Believe every single review here about Alex Z!! From our initial consultation, it was evident that Alex possessed a profound understanding of criminal law and a fierce dedication to his clients rights. Throughout the entirety of my case, Alex exhibited unparalleled professionalism and unwavering commitment. What sets Alex apart is not only his legal expertise but also his genuine compassion for his clients. He took the time to thoroughly explain my case, alleviating any concerns I had along the way. His exact words were “I’m not worried about it”. His unwavering support and guidance were invaluable throughout the entire process. I am immensely grateful for Alex's exceptional legal representation and wholeheartedly recommend his services to anyone in need of a skilled criminal defense attorney. Alex Z is not just a lawyer; he is a beacon of hope for those navigating the complexities of the legal system. If you find yourself in need of a dedicated and competent legal advocate, look no further than Alex Z.
Taïko BeautyTaïko Beauty
16:26 15 Mar 24
I don’t know where to start, I can write a novel about this firm, but one thing I will say is that having my best interest was their main priority since the beginning of my case which was back in Winter 2019. Miss Claire Banks, one of the best Attorneys in the firm represented me very well and was very professional, respectful, and truthful. Not once did she leave me in the dark, in fact she presented all options and routes that could possibly be considered for my case and she reinsured me that no matter what I decided to do, her and the team will have my back and that’s exactly what happened. Not only will I be liberated from this case, also, I will enjoy my freedom and continue to be a mother to my first born son and will have no restrictions with accomplishing my goals in life. Now that’s what I call victory!! I thank the Lord, My mother, Claire, and the Spodek team for standing by me and fighting with me. Words can’t describe how grateful I am to have the opportunity to work with this team. I’m very satisfied, very pleased with their performance, their hard work, and their diligence.Thank you team!
K MarK Mar
01:37 25 Jan 24
I recently had Spodek Law Group represent me for a legal matter in NYC and I am thoroughly impressed with their services.Alex Zhik secured the best possible outcome for my case.It was a seamless journey from the initial consultation to the resolution of my legal matter. From the moment I spoke to Todd about my case, his enthusiasm to help was evident, setting a positive tone for the entire experience. The efficiency and professionalism displayed by the team is commendable.A particularly noteworthy aspect of their service is their user-friendly portal to upload your documents/evidence. This not only simplified the process, but showcases their commitment to streamline the client experience.Lastly, in an industry where legal fees can often be a concern, I found their pricing to be very reasonable, making needing legal assistance feel accessible and stress-free.I am grateful for their support and wouldn't hesitate to turn to them again in the future.
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Every State Protects the Consumers and Businesses

In every state, you have laws that protect the customer by keeping businesses from taking part in unfair business practices. The scope of this protection will depend on the language within the statute, but in New York, under Section 349, they classify this as when a business engages in deceptive practices that damage another business. What happens if your business gets sued by another business from a different state? In many cases, the existing federal laws will take over because you tend to have a lot of commonality across the board with these laws. When you look at deceptive trade practices, the New York General Business Law covers most of the economic activity. For example, the state attorney general could take action against the unlawful acts of a business to get restitution for the lost property. In addition, the attorney general can give notice to the business that has been accused, and this gives the accused business five days to show a reason in writing why the business practices weren’t illegal.

The Monetary Damages Add Up

Injured people also have a right to file private lawsuits against the company that engages in deceptive practice to recover from their damages under Section 349. When a company has a willful understanding that what they did was wrong, the court can raise the monetary damage award up to as much as $1,000 but no more than that. If an individual files a private lawsuit, they must show that three things happened:

  • First, they must show that the customer suffered injury because of a business that took part in deceptive practice.
  • Second, they practice must relate to customers.
  • Third, the company did an act where the material was deceptive.

How Might You Set up a Defense?

Some of the possible defenses for one of these cases might be that the wronged business didn’t act within three years of the last deceptive practice. Another defense is that the practice had no negative effect on the public, and as a result, the victim business didn’t suffer harm. It could also be that the action itself wasn’t misleading. You might also have a complete defense based on the Federal Trade Commission if the rules and regulations were followed and no actual harm was done.

If you’re a business that has been targeted by the attorney general, we can help. We can also help you if you were a business that was wronged because of unfair competition practices. We have the ability to mount a vigorous defense or take aggressive action against unlawful business practices. We look at the different laws to figure out what will help you the most.

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