Business Sales and Marketing Violations
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What Is Sales and Marketing?
Sales and marketing is a term that describes the business aim of promoting a particular product and making it appealing for consumers. Sales and marketing can include activities and business goals such as:
- Creating advertisements for the product
- Securing a base of consumers and clients
- Packaging and preparing the product in an appealing manner
- Informing the public about the product’s benefits
- Preparing, finalizing, and closing deals
Sales and marketing is a very important aspect of running any business. It is governed by federal, state, and local laws which dictate what the company can and can’t do.
What Are Some Common Sales and Marketing Violations?
Sales and marketing is an area that is prone to many types of violations. Some of these may include:
- False advertising
- Violations through online advertising
- Deceptive trade practices (such as the use of fraud to gain clients)
- Copyright and trademark violations (such as stealing or mimicking another business’ logo)
- Disclosing confidential information of clients
- Creating illegal referral arrangements (especially for the provision of professional services)
False advertising is one of the more common types of marketing violations. This is where an ad is deceptive, contains false information, or misleads consumers. Federal and state laws govern advertisements very strictly, and violations can lead to legal penalties.
What Are the Legal Consequences for Sales and Marketing Violations?
Penalties for sales and marketing violations are broad and may depend on the type of violation committed. For instance, for a copyright violation, the defendant may be required to pay damages for losses caused by infringement. They may also have their products confiscated, and they may be subject to fines.
Other penalties may include criminal violations (especially for federal violations), loss of business license, and civil charges.
Do I Need a Lawyer for Help with Business Violations?
Sales and marketing laws tend to be very strict. They can also vary by jurisdiction and the type of product or service involved. You may wish to hire a qualified business attorney if you need help with a legal claim. Your lawyer can provide you with advice and representation for your claim. Also, if you need to appear in court hearings, your lawyer can be on hand to guide you during the meetings.
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Last Modified: 01-26-2015 11:55 AM PST
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