No consumer wants to be the victim of a fraudulent transaction. Unfortunately, businesses often attempt to engage in deceptive or misleading acts. The Texas Legislature enacted the Texas Deceptive Trade Practices Act, also known as the DTPA, in 1979 to protect individuals and companies from commercial scams. The DTPA empowers consumers and businesses to pursue legal action against deceptive companies and individuals as a consumer protection statute. While consumers in Texas are encouraged to be mindful of their financial and commercial activity, many consumers are unaware of the nuances of the DTPA. Read below to learn important information about the DTPA and how the Dallas law firm of Ritter Spencer PLLC can help protect businesses and consumers.
Although copyrights protect a business’s creative works and assets, the possibility of infringement remains a pressing issue for companies. Indeed, businesses should seek registration of their intellectual property for legal protections; however, many owners can take additional steps to secure their original ideas or creations.
On September 14, 2021, the Center for Disease Control (“CDC”) and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (“FDA”) warranted federal warnings against the usage and marketing of Delta-8 THC. In similar reports, these federal agencies warned against the use of Delta-8 because of the lack of research on the rare cannabinoid and the growing accessibility of these products in the market.
As the cannabis industry grows in the United States, and due to several recent statewide legalizations, more people have become familiar with the cannabis market, and consumers are increasingly interested in certain benefits of cannabis-derived products. From cannabidiol (“CBD”) to tetrahydrocannabinol (“THC”), there are several products containing cannabinoids with different effects and purposes. As new types of cannabinoids become mainstream, the market faces unforeseen growth.
A trademark is a type of intellectual property consisting of a word, phrase, logo, sound, or smell that identifies the source of ownership of goods and/or services. Obtaining a federal trademark provides the trademark owner the exclusive right to use the trademark nationwide and allows the owner to pursue an infringement action against others for using an identical or confusingly similar mark. Obtaining a state trademark affords an owner a similar form of limited protection; however, the owner only has the exclusive right to use the trademark within the state she registers.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) rejected an application from Charlotte’s Web Holdings, Inc. for their full spectrum hemp extract. In a press release on August 11, 2021, Charlotte’s Web, a hemp health supplement company, announced that the FDA published an objection to their New Dietary Ingredient (NDI) application the company submitted on March 31, 2021.
As the 2020 Olympic Games come to an end in Tokyo, many viewers at home reflect on how famous athletes are affected by the Olympic Games’ long list of banned substances. Substances like marijuana have remained on the list for decades despite public scrutiny.
In any industry, business disputes are commonplace, whether it’s between businesses, business co-owners, Limited Liability Company (LLC) members, or corporation shareholders. These disputes can occur over a wide range of business-related disagreements, including everything from shareholder disputes to breach of contract cases. Accordingly, every company should work with an experienced law firm that specializes in business disputes to handle commercial litigation appropriately and reach the most favorable outcome. Below, we’ve outlined some of the most common business disputes that may lead to litigation.
On June 1st, 2021, Dave Clark, Amazon’s CEO Worldwide Consumer, announced the company’s new corporate drug testing policies. The global conglomerate’s modified policies are part of Jeff Bezos’ “Earth’s Best Employer and Earth’s Safest Place to Work” initiative to improve Amazon’s working conditions.