What is Unfair Competition Under Massachusetts Law?
Understanding Unfair Competition and Chapter 93A in Massachusetts
Businesses are expected to compete with each other, for customers, employees, and other resources. There are certain kinds of competition, however, that are considered unfair and/or deceptive under Massachusetts Law.
M.G.L. Chapter 93A is the statute that prohibits unfair and deceptive business practices. Though it is often invoked as a consumer protection law, it also applies to business-to-business conduct.
Simply breaching a contract with another business will not be considered unfair competition. If that breach is accompanied by other conduct that is considered unlawful, however, it could.
Examples of unfair competition under Chapter 93A include misrepresentations and false statements, infringement of trademark or other intellectual property rights, helping an employee of a competitor misappropriate trade secrets, or violating state or federal anti-trust laws.
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