Houston Consumer Lawyers

Too often consumers are cheated, bullied or swindled and have no idea how to fight back. Many people simply don't have the time to fight, even if they know how. At The Gonzalez Law Group, our attorneys represent people in businesses in litigation pursuant to the Texas Deceptive Trade Practices Act ("DTPA"). The firm's experience in general civil litigation aided by extensive knowledge of the DTPA and relevant case law provides our clients with a distinct advantage in DTPA claims. Our attorneys have successfully represented consumers in a wide range of claims based on acts of fraud, misrepresentation, false advertising/false claims, and other unscrupulous or unconscionable practices.

What Is The Texas Deceptive Trade Practices Act?

Enacted in 1973, the Texas Deceptive Trade Practices Act ("DTPA") was created to protect consumers from false, misleading, and deceptive practices by business and insurance practice as well as breaches of warranty and unconscionable actions. The Act defines consumers to include natural persons and small to midsized businesses.

What Conduct Is Prohibited By The Act?

The full text of the DTPA can be found at Section 17.41 of the Texas Business and Commerce Code. Specifically, Section 17.46(b) of the Texas Business and Commerce Code contains a nonexclusive list of 25 prohibited acts. Some of the prohibited acts include:

  • Passing off goods or services as those of another
  • False representation
  • False disparagement of goods or services of another business
  • False advertising (in certain circumstances)
  • False misrepresentation
  • False warranties
  • Failure to disclose certain information in sales of goods and services
  • False representation of business entity status
  • Price gauging after a disaster

The attorneys at The Gonzalez Law Group hold businesses accountable when they have lied, overcharged or otherwise wronged consumers in several areas, including:

  • Real estate
  • Construction defects
  • Purchase of goods and services
  • Insurance code violations
  • Business opportunities

How Can I Determine If I Have A Viable Cause Of Action?

Case law interpreting the DTPA is a fluid and ever-changing matter. The best way to protect your rights is to immediately contact us if you think you may have a cause of action. Se habla español.