California’s Unfair Competition Law protects consumers from unfair business practices. What constitutes an unfair business practice is very open ended. Courts have used terms such as immoral, unethical, oppressive, unscrupulous, and substantially injurious in describing the type of conduct prohibited in the state.
In practice, a company has run afoul of California's Unfair Competition Law if it has violated a different law in the course of operating its business. For example, if a large restaurant moves into a space without a customer restroom, that restaurant has violated the Unfair Competition Law because California requires large restaurants to have restroom facilities for their customers.
However, it is not necessary for a business to have violated another law to run afoul of California's Unfair Competition Law. For example, deceptive or misleading advertising and marketing may amount to a violation of this law in and of itself. Actions one company takes to drive another out of business may also constitute a violation of the Unfair Competition Law. In essence, this is a very broad statute that potentially can cover all sorts of different scenarios.
KLF's consumer law attorneys work with you to determine if you have a viable unfair business practices claim. If so, we evaluate your options for compensation, negotiate on your behalf, and file a lawsuit as necessary. If we find that others were harmed by the same type of practice, we may be able to help them, too.
Contact us regardless of whether or not you are sure you have a case. We are here to help you make that determination. Based in Glendale, we represent consumers in the Los Angeles area and throughout California. All consultations are free and confidential.
If you believe a business has engaged in unfair competition and would like to discuss the matter with an attorney, we encourage you to email firstname.lastname@example.org or call the firm at (818) 221-2800.