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Deceptive Trade Practices Act: Protections for Consumers

This article provides information on the Deceptive Trade Practices Act. This material is excerpted from the Consumer Law Handbook, a publication of the Houston Bar Association.

 

Who does the DTPA protect?

To be able to sue under the DTPA, you must be a “consumer.” A “consumer” is defined as any individual, partnership, corporation, or governmental entity who seeks to acquire by purchase or lease any goods or services.

See the Consumer Law Handbook, a publication of the Houston Bar Association.

Does the DTPA let consumers sue as soon as they know there's a problem?

No. When you are ready to file a DTPA lawsuit, you cannot go straight to court and file your claim. The DTPA requires that you give written notice of your problem to the merchant or seller at least 60 days before you can file suit in court. 

See the Consumer Law Handbook, a publication of the Houston Bar Association.

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CLICK HERE For the PDF version of the Consumer Law Handbook.

CLICK HERE For links to Texas consumer protection statutes by the People's Lawyer.