Unfair Competition and Anti-Competitive Business Practices
We are fortunate to live in a free enterprise system where competition in the business marketplace is not only accepted but encouraged. However, unfairly profiting in business to the peril of a competitor, through fraudulent, deceptive, or dishonest means, is not tolerated by the law. For instance, competitors cannot intentionally and wrongfully interfere with each other’s contractual, business or employment relationships. A business cannot infringe on a competitor’s trade name, or take advantage of trade equity by creating confusion in the marketplace and passing-off as its own a competitor’s products or services. A business’ hard-earned trade secrets are also well protected by the law.
HOLLINGSWORTH ROBERTS MEANS represents businesses and business owners who find that a competitor has gone beyond what is allowed in a free marketplace society. While these cases would ideally always be resolved by settlement without the cost and uncertainty of a trial, litigation is often necessary. Where a business cannot stand for a competitor’s wrongful practices, expedited relief may be available in the form of a preliminary injunction order from the court.
Our attorneys have the experience necessary to aggressively prosecute and proactively defend against unfair competition claims between businesses, from the negotiations stage, and if the matter cannot be promptly and fairly resolved, through any injunction proceeding and trial.
Please contact us to speak directly with an attorney about your case.