Unfair or Deceptive Trade Practices

Enacted in 1973, the Connecticut Unfair Trade Practices Act (CUTPA) prohibits business conduct that harmed or caused an ascertainable loss to consumers or other businesses as a result of conduct that was deceptive, unscrupulous or oppressive.

The Wallman Law Firm has been engaged in many such cases, representing both plaintiff and defendant

Some examples of cases in which The Wallman Law Firm has been engaged include:

  • Misappropriation of trade secrets, both prosecuting and defending them
  • Cases involving unfair methods of competition, such as agreements that divide the market geographically and agreements to charge the same prices
  • Forcing independent contractors to pay additional compensation in exchange for distributing work to them
  • Borrowing money based upon false promises or misleading financial statements

Legal Remedies

Unfair trade practices are regulated by federal and state law, and CUTPA can result in award of damages plus attorneys’ fees or punitive damages or both.  If the unfair trade practice can be proven, your remedies may include:

  • Actual Damages — Monetary losses you can prove
  • Statutory Damages — Minimum amounts provided by law regardless of proof of actual damages
  • Treble Damages — Some states allow courts to award multiples of the damage award to further discourage unfair trade practices
  • Punitive Damages — Additional monetary award meant to punish the defendant for his or her dishonesty
  • Attorney’s Fees — Connecticut unfair trade practices law allows for reimbursement
  • Court Injunction — To stop the unfair practice