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Category Archives: Deceptive Unfair Trade Practices

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An Overview Of The Exceptions To The FDUTPA

By Michael Pike and Daniel Lustig |

The Florida Deceptive and Unfair Trade Practices Act (FDUTPA) is a state law that imposes liability on businesses and organizations engaged in “unfair methods of competition, unconscionable acts or practices, and unfair or deceptive acts or practices.” The FDUTPA grants broad legal protection to consumers and competing businesses. It allows private parties to sue… Read More »

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Federal Court In Florida Trims Data Breach Lawsuit, Dismisses FDUTPA Claim

By Michael Pike and Daniel Lustig |

According to a report from The National Law Review, the United States District Court for the Southern District of Florida has limited multi-state litigation over a data breach. In doing so, the court dismissed the Florida Deceptive and Unfair Trade Practices (FDUTPA) claim. In this blog post, our Miami deceptive & unfair trade practices… Read More »

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Head Of Florida-Based Telemarketing Scheme Pleads Guilty In $19 Million Fraud Case

By Michael Pike and Daniel Lustig |

On August 16th, 2022, the United States Attorneys’ Office for the Southern District of New York announced that Steven Short—the former head of a Florida-based telemarketing operation called E.M. Systems & Services, LLC—has pleaded guilty as part of a $19 million credit card fraud scheme. The fraud was linked to a scheme to promote… Read More »

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Four Things Consumers In Florida Should Know About The State’s ‘Little FTC Act”

By Michael Pike and Daniel Lustig |

The Federal Trade Commission Act (FTC Act) is a more than one-century old federal law that bars unfair commercial practices by businesses and organizations. The Florida Deceptive and Unfair Trade Practices Act (FDUTPA) is sometimes referred to simply as the state’s “Little FTC Act.” The FDUTPA was largely modeled after the federal FTC Act…. Read More »

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Florida Man Charged In Multi-State Fraud Case

By Michael Pike and Daniel Lustig |

On July 27th, 2022, the U.S. Attorneys’ Office for the Middle District of Alabama announced that Timothy Scott Marable, a 50-year-old man from Highlands County, FL, has been arrested and criminally charged as part of a multi-state fraud investigation. Mr. Marable stands accused of defrauding several businesses. In this article, our Miami deceptive and… Read More »

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Florida Regulators Potentially Secures More Than $1 Million For Consumers (FDUTPA Violation)

By Michael Pike and Daniel Lustig |

On July 5th, 2022, the Office of Attorney General Ashley Moody announced enforcement action against Bruno LLC. The HVAC contractor operated as Bruno Total Home Performance and Bruno Air Conditioning in Florida. Owned by Louis Bruno, the company has its main offices in Naples and Bonita Springs. According to the allegations, the company used… Read More »

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Florida Attorney General Warns Consumers About Vacation Rental Scams

By Michael Pike and Daniel Lustig |

On July 7th, 2022, Office of Attorney General Ashley Moody issued an official consumer alert warning Florida residents to beware of vacation rental scams this summer. As vacation season hits full swing, scammers are putting even more effort into defrauding honest, hard-working people. Here, our West Palm Beach deceptive & unfair trade practices lawyer… Read More »

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Federal And State Regulators Shut Down Grant-Writing Scam In Florida

By Michael Pike and Daniel Lustig |

On June 27th, 2022, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced that it was working with the State of Florida to take enforcement action against a company called C Lee Enterprises LLC (DBA: Grant Bae) and its owner Traeshonna P. Graham. Ms. Graham allegedly took advantage of minority-owned small businesses that were seeking COVID-19 related… Read More »

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How Are Lost Profits Calculated Under The FDUTPA?

By Michael Pike and Daniel Lustig |

The Florida Deceptive and Unfair Trade Practices Act (FDUTPA) is a state law that grants parties a private right of action to hold a business or organization legally liable for damages caused by a misleading, unjust, or otherwise unlawful commercial practice. Notably, individual consumers, business consumers, and competing businesses all have the right to… Read More »

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FDUTPA Watch: Eleventh Circuit Upholds Injunction Against Florida’s Social Media Law

By Michael Pike and Daniel Lustig |

On May 23rd, 2022, the United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit upheld the injunction of Florida’s controversial “social media” law.  The law—which would allow individuals to sue social media companies for inconsistent bans—has been deemed likely to violate the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution. In this article, our West Palm… Read More »

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