My name is Elizabeth and I am one of the lawyers working with the Houston Lawyer Referral Service in the area of consumer law.
Consumer law is a very broad area. It can include things from debt collection, unfair debt practices acts, from unfair credit reporting, construction litigation in dealing with your home. It can involve the sale and purchase of a car, boat, trailer – any sort of thing a consumer encounters in everyday life. If there is a contract involved, there can be a breach of contract action. It can be many things.
When you call the Houston Lawyer Referral Service, they will refer you to an attorney, and I am one of those attorneys. What we would do is set up an initial conversation about your case and see if there is a case that needs to be developed or defended on your behalf.
I want to talk to you today about one specific statute which is the Texas Deceptive Trade Practices Act. This statute helps consumers in the state of Texas. There is a laundry list of 30 items that are specific violations of the Texas Deceptive Trade Practices Act and there are many statutes that tie into this protective statute.
This allows you to recover actual damages, and sometimes additional damages, if certain circumstances are met. It also affords you the recovery of attorneys fees if you prevail in your case.
If you are a business and you are faced with this type of action you also can seek help from a consumer lawyer because there are also good defenses that could be raised.
Part of the aspect of helping the consumers is just helping them negotiate through cases such as these. So whatever your issue is, a consumer lawyer with the Houston Lawyer Referral Service will be able to help you.