Certified Collectibles Group Adds New Allegations To Their FDUTPA Lawsuit Against Globant S.A.
According to a press release published on PR Newswire, Certified Collectibles Group (CCG) has added new allegations to its Florida Deceptive and Unfair Trade Practices Act (FDUTPA) lawsuit against Globant S.A. The underlying dispute in the case centers around an alleged failed software upgrade. Here, our West Palm Beach deceptive & unfair trade practices attorneys provide an overview of the case raised by the plaintiff and explain the standard of liability under Florida law.
CCG Says that Globaint Promises a New Software System, But Delivered Nothing of Value
Certified Collectibles Group (CCG) is made up of a set of independent third party companies in the field of authentication and grading collectibles. The collectibles graded by the CCG include things like rare coins, sports cards, and stamps. The company is based in Sarasota, Florida. Globant is a multinational software development company. Based in Buenos Aires, Argentina provides services to companies in the United States, South America, and around the world.
Several years ago, CCG entered into a software development contract with Globant. CCG is dissatisfied with the services it has received thus far from the software firm. In 2019, CCG filed an FDUTPA lawsuit against Globant in a federal court in Tampa, FL. They are now adding new allegations to the complaint against the software developer. According to Certified Collectibles Group, executives at Globant were aware of the problems with the software system they were building, but they intentionally concealed those issues.
Alleged FDUTPA Violations: ‘Bait-and-Switch’ Tactics and Material Misrepresentations
In its legal complaint, Certified Collectibles Group contends that it never would have entered or remained in the contract with Globant had the company received accurate information. Instead, CCG alleges that Globant used ‘bait-and-switch’ tactics—essentially promising a software program that it could not deliver on. Additionally, CCG asserts that Globant’s continued false assurances and material misrepresentations as the project was ongoing prevented them from finding an alternative vendor.
Businesses and Consumers Can Recover for ‘Actual Damages’ in an FDUTPA Claim
The Florida Deceptive and Unfair Trade Practices Act protects both businesses and consumers against illegitimate commercial practices. If CCG can prove that Globant’s conduct amounts to a deceptive and unfair business practice under Florida state law, then they can seek financial damages for the full extent of the “actual losses” incurred. CCG is alleging millions of dollars in damages as a direct consequence of the FDUTPA violation. For its part, CCG is defending the lawsuit and has previously denied wrongdoing.
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