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Common examples of deceptive trade practices

Some people in this world do not follow sound ethical principles when they conduct business with others. It's important to always be on the lookout for these people, but it's not always obvious when we're about to become a victim of a dishonest business person. That's why Minnesota state law protects you from deceptive trade practices. If someone sells you something, for example, and it's not a fair trade, you might have the ability to pursue legal action and try to get your money back.

Here are a few examples of instances that a court might deem to be a violation of deceptive trade practices law:

  • False representation that something has been certified, approved or sponsored by an authoritative organization.
  • False representation that something was sourced from somewhere when it wasn't.
  • False information about the benefits, characteristics or quantities of a particular service.
  • False statements that someone requires certain services, repairs or replacements.
  • Advertising items while intending not to sell them as advertised.
  • Falsely claiming that something was new or original.
  • Altering the odometer on a car to read falsely.
  • Selling counterfeit goods.

If you've suffered a financial loss because of deceptive trade practices, calling the police may not be enough. It could take some time before police investigate the matter -- if they ever do, and you might not be able to resolve the matter without taking some kind of additional legal action. This is where an attorney, especially one who is experienced in consumer protection, might be able to help. Don't let those who engage in unethical business practices get away with it.

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