unfair competition

   The use of wrongful and fraudulent business methods to confuse the public and gain an unfair advantage over competitors. This includes using untrue or misleading advertising, misleading customers with imitative trademarks or trade dress, falsely disparaging another's product, and stealing trade secrets. State laws differ, but unfair competition is grounds for a suit for damages and/or an injunction (i.e., court order) to halt the practices of the unfair competitor.

Business law dictionary. 2015.

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  • Unfair competition — in commercial law can refer to any of various distinct areas of law which may give rise to distinct criminal offences and civil causes of action:* Matters pertaining to antitrust law, known in the European Union as competition law. * Unfair… …   Wikipedia

  • Unfair competition — (engl., spr. önnfǟr kompitísch n), soviel wie Concurrence déloyale oder »Unlauterer Wettbewerb« (s. d.) …   Meyers Großes Konversations-Lexikon

  • unfair competition — A term which may be applied generally to all dishonest or fraudulent rivalry in trade and commerce, but is particularly applied to the practice of endeavoring to substitute one s own goods or products in the markets for those of another, having… …   Black's law dictionary

  • unfair competition — The unjust appropriation of, or injury to, the goodwill or business reputation of another. 52 Am J1st Tradem §§ 86, 93 et seq. Acts done or practices employed for the purpose of pirating the trade of a competitor. The simulation by one person of… …   Ballentine's law dictionary

  • unfair competition — noun 1. a. : business competition effected by an act that is deceptive and in effect a fraud on the public or that otherwise violates the legal or equitable rights of a competitor or the public b. : an improper or inequitable obtaining by one… …   Useful english dictionary

  • unfair competition — unjust contest, competition in which one of the contestants has a clear advantage …   English contemporary dictionary

  • unfair competition — /ʌnˌfɛə kɒmpəˈtɪʃən/ (say un.fair kompuh tishuhn) noun dishonest or deceptive methods of competition, as between business enterprises …   Australian English dictionary

  • unfair competition — 1. acts done by a seller to confuse or deceive the public with intent to acquire a larger portion of the market, as by cutting prices below cost, misleading advertising, selling a spurious product under a false identity, etc. 2. the use of any… …   Universalium

  • unfair competition — noun In commercial law, any of various distinct areas of law which may give rise to criminal offenses and civil causes of action, usually including antitrust violations such as restraint of trade and predatory pricing, trademark infringement,… …   Wiktionary

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