SAN DIEGO UNFAIR COMPETITION LAWYERS
Helping Businesses Compete Fairly
California’s unfair competition laws are broad-ranging and complex. If you are concerned about unfair competition from another business or have been accused of unfair competition, it is important to consult an attorney who is well-versed in how the law has been applied.
At the Watkins Firm, we help clients pursue and defend against unfair competition allegations. Our experienced trial lawyers are prepared to go to court in order to protect your interests if necessary. To set up a free, no-obligation consultation, contact us at our offices in San Diego.
Seeking Positive Resolutions to Unfair Competition Cases
California has particularly strong laws against unfair competition, primarily contained within Section 17200 of the Business and Professions Code, which operates alongside related provisions in other sections of state law. Common types of unfair competition include:
- Theft and misappropriation of trade secrets and customer lists
- Business Fraud
- Making false misrepresentations in a business transaction
- Unfair, deceptive, untrue and misleading advertising
- Below-cost sales, locality discrimination and other price manipulation
Generally, anything one business does to try to prevent other businesses from competing, outside of the normal bounds of attempts to gain competitive advantage, may be considered unfair competition or an unfair business practice.
Our firm is prepared to represent plaintiffs and defendants in unfair competition cases. In every case, we seek creative solutions while preparing for the possibility of litigation.
Handling Disputes Involving Former Employees and Partners
A substantial number of unfair competition claims involve disputes over trade secrets, business assets and goodwill involving a business’s former employees or partners.
- An employee may be accused of using trade secrets and customer lists to the advantage of a new employer or to start a new business.
- A business partner may be accused of the same, as well as taking control of Web sites, phone numbers, P.O. boxes, directory listings and other business assets.
If your business’s assets and intellectual property have been misappropriated, or if a former employer or partner is trying to prevent you from competing by alleging unfair competition, don’t hesitate to contact us to discuss your options.
Contact a Proven San Diego Unfair Competition Attorney Today
To set up a free, no-obligation consultation with one of our knowledgeable San Diego business lawyers, call us at 858-535-1511 or contact us online.
Do you handle San Diego unfair competition cases?
Yes, the Watkins Firm has decades of experience successfully resolving San Diego unfair competition disputes.
Is the theft or misappropriation of a customer list unfair competition?
Yes, in many cases the theft or misappropriation of trade secrets such as customer lists is a violation of California's unfair competition laws.
What should I do if I suspect fraud or misrepresentation in a San Diego business transaction?
You should never attempt to handle fraud or misrepresentation issues on your own. California laws in this area are quite complex and you need an experienced attorney with the legal skill to prove your case and hold them accountable.
Is there a better strategy than a non-compete agreement in California?
Yes, generally speaking it is often better for Watkins Firm attorneys to protect your business with a strategy developed around misappropriation of trade secrets and unfair competition.