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Unfair Business Practices

nfair business practices can imperil the very existence of your business.  Often times, business owners feel powerless to do anything to protect their businesses they have spent years or decades building from scratch – especially when the unfair business practices occurs on the internet.

Fortunately, all is not lost.  Most states have statutes protecting businesses from unfair business practices whether it is occurring online or offline or both.  Centre can help you develop a strategy that will identify and eliminate the unfair business practices aimed at your company including, if necessary, litigation against the wrongdoer.

Unfair business practices can include actions by a competitor, intra-company fights, or even conspiracies by multiple individuals.  For example, Virginia, where Centre is located, makes it unlawful for: “Any two or more persons [to] combine, associate, agree, mutually undertake or concert together for the purpose of (i) willfully and maliciously injuring another in his reputation, trade, business or profession by any means whatever…”  Virginia Code § 18.2-499.

Centre’s Capabilities and Experience

Centre’s attorneys have handled numerous Unfair Business Practices matters.  For example, Centre’s attorneys have:

  • Represented a law firm whose web presence was co-opted by a competitor;
  • Represented a company whose former employee stole a customer list and set up a competing business; and
  • Represented a business whose competitor was defaming it online.

Have an unfair business practices issue?  Please contact Eric S. Crusius, Esq. via e-mail at or by phone at (703) 288-2800 should you have any questions.

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