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Category Archives: Deceptive Unfair Trade Practices

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Florida Regulators Provide Consumer Protection Tips During Hurricane Awareness Week

By Michael Pike and Daniel Lustig |

On May 2nd, 2022, Florida Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried released consumer protection tips and anti-fraud guidance as part of National Hurricane Preparedness Week. Along with the FDACS, Commissioner Fried is warning consumers to watch out for scams in the coming months. Here, our Miami deceptive & unfair trade practices attorney highlights the consumer safety… Read More »

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Consumer Protection In Florida: What I Was Told Is Not The Same As What Is In Writing

By Michael Pike and Daniel Lustig |

As a consumer in Florida, the state’s Deceptive and Unfair Trade Practices Law (FDUTPA) protects you against material misrepresentations, false advertising, and other unjust commercial practices by businesses. You can hold a business legally liable for damages sustained because of deceptive unfair trade practices. This raises an important question: What if a business is… Read More »

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Florida Appeals Court Overturns Awards Of Attorneys’ Fees In FDUTPA

By Michael Pike and Daniel Lustig |

On March 22, 2022, the Florida Fourth District Court of Appeal overturned a trial court decision that had awarded attorneys’ fees to a defendant in an FDUTPA claim. In the case of  Forte v. All County Towing Inc., the appeals court sent the matter back down to the trial court for a comprehensive evidentiary… Read More »

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DOJ Obtains Restraining Order In Florida Fraud Scheme Targeted At Senior Citizens

By Michael Pike and Daniel Lustig |

On April 6th, 2022, the Department of Justice (DOJ) announced that the United States for the Southern District of Florida obtained a restraining order against Windows Service Center LLC and its owner Erica Herson. Winder Service Center LLC is a tech support company with main headquarters in Miami, Florida. The DOJ contends that this… Read More »

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Fraud Warning: Floridians Are Being Targeted By “Wrong Number” Text Scam

By Michael Pike and Daniel Lustig |

On March 28th, 2022, the Florida Office of the Attorney General published an official press release warning state residents to beware of so-called “wrong number” text scams. State regulators recently received evidence suggesting that scammers are actively targeting Floridians. In this blog post, our Miami deceptive and unfair trade practices lawyers discuss the warning… Read More »

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FTC: Central Florida Company Deceived Consumers With Credit Card Interest Rate Scam

By Michael Pike and Daniel Lustig |

On February 28th, 2022, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced official enforcement against a Central Florida company and its owners and operators. According to the FTC, the company unlawfully targeted and deceived people looking to reduce the interest rate on their credit cards. In this blog post, our West Palm Beach deceptive & unfair… Read More »

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Federal Regulators Charge Florida Auto-Sales Telemarketers With Deceptive Marketing

By Michael Pike and Daniel Lustig |

On February 9th, 2022, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced commercial fraud charges against a group of auto-sales telemarketing companies in Florida. The nation’s top business regulator alleges that consumers were bilked out of approximately $6 million due to deceptive marketing practices related to extended warranties. In this blog post, our West Palm Beach… Read More »

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How Do Business Competitors File A Claim Under The FDUTPA?

By Michael Pike and Daniel Lustig |

The Florida Deceptive and Unfair Trade Practices Act (FDUTPA) prohibits companies from using misleading, abusive, and otherwise unlawful practices to sell products and services. The FDUTPA is well-known as an important consumer protection law. What is less known is that the state statute also provides legal remedies to competitors of businesses that have engaged… Read More »

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Florida Regulators Warn Residents About Jury Duty Scam

By Michael Pike and Daniel Lustig |

On January 25th, 2022, the Office of Florida Attorney General Ashley Moody put out an official news release warning state residents to beware of a new jury duty scam. State officials believe that scammers are calling people in Florida and falsely telling them that they failed to show up for jury duty. Scammers then… Read More »

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FDUTPA Violations: Defining The Terms “Deceptive” And “Unfair”

By Michael Pike and Daniel Lustig |

Often referred to simply as the “Little FTC Act”, the Florida Deceptive and Unfair Trade Practice Act (FDUTPA) is our state’s most comprehensive consumer protection law. It allows consumers, organizations, and businesses to seek financial relief for damages caused by “deceptive” practices and/or “unfair” commercial conduct. This raises an important question: What constitutes an… Read More »

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