Retailers, distributors and manufacturers are required to be truthful with consumers. As a general matter, it is against the law to sell products using false or misleading advertising. Consumers are injured through false and deceptive conduct. For example, a business may misrepresent the features or performance of a product or service it is selling. A consumer who buys the misrepresented product or service is then stuck with a product or service he never wanted.
In some cases false and misleading advertisements can lead to serious injury, such as drug manufacturers who lie about a drug’s harmful side effects.
Introductory offers may contain false and misleading statements. Consumers may be lured into trying a product or service through an offer for a free trial period, only to discover the trial period was not free or the consumer could not cancel the service or return the product. Businesses are generally prohibited from promising products or services that fail to operate as advertised.
If you are a victim of false or misleading advertising, contact us to discuss your options. The law does not force consumers to accept products or services that were sold through misleading advertising.
False advertising cases often require immediate action to put a halt to the misleading statements, thereby ensuring consumers no longer are harmed by deceptive conduct and statements. At Doyle Lowther we may seek emergency declaratory relief or an immediate restraining order to put a stop to the false statements. We may also file a legal action on your behalf seeking damages and restitution, or seek to reform the business practices of the business engaged in false advertising.
If you believe you are a victim of false advertising, please contact us.