Consumers in Texas have special protections provided by law. If you have been the victim of misrepresentation, breach of warranty, unconscionable (unfair) actions, or violations of the insurance code, you may have a cause of action against the seller of the good or service.
The Texas Deceptive Trade Practices-Consumer Protection Act (also called the DTPA) was passed in 1973 and is found as part of the Texas Business and Commerce Code. Did you know that there are twenty-five specific violations for which the sellers of goods and services can be held accountable? This list provides extensive protections to consumers in the state of Texas.
Overall, the DTPA is intended:
To protect consumers against false, misleading, and deceptive business and insurance practices, unconscionable actions, and breaches of warranty.
If you believe that you have a case that involves your rights under the Texas DTPA, your lawyer must first notify the alleged violator of your complaint and allow 60 days for a response. In many cases, a DTPA lawyer can propose a settlement offer that can then be accepted or rejected. If the details of an offer are not to your satisfaction, a lawsuit may be filed and the process moves forward through the judicial system. You only have two years from the date the deceptive act or practice occurred to file a DTPA lawsuit. And, this step should never be done without the guidance of a DTPA attorney.
If you have been the victim of fraud or misleading business practices, you should not go another day without getting compensation for the wrong that was done. The Chivis Law Firm can help.