Consumer and Commercial Litigation
The Law Office of Patrick K. Woods can represent both plaintiffs and defendants in a variety of civil litigation matters. Mr. Woods initially acquired civil litigation experience while working at a highly regarded nationwide firm, representing small and large counties, cities, and school districts in complex tax disputes throughout east Texas.
As a result of this experience, Mr. Woods gained the "large firm" skills needed to meet the diverse needs of his clients. He is able to represent corporations, small businesses, and individuals in disputes such as business contracts, consumer protection matters, personal injury, and maritime accidents in both state and federal courts. If you or someone you know is engaged in some type of civil dispute, contact Attorney Woods to schedule a consultation.
Texas Consumer Litigation Lawyer
Consumer and commercial law is the practice of law dealing with consumer and commercial transactions, including transactions of individual and business consumers and commercial transactions between businesses and other businesses or individuals. Law Office of Patrick K. Woods, represents people and businesses in litigation pursuant to the Texas Deceptive Trade Practices Act ("DTPA"). The firm's experience in general civil litigation aided by extensive knowledge of the DTPA and relevant case law provides our clients with a distinct advantage in DTPA Claims.
What is the Texas Deceptive Trade Practices Act?
Enacted in 1973, the Texas Deceptive Trade Practices Act ("DTPA") was created to protect consumers from false, misleading, and deceptive practices by business and insurance practice as well as breaches of warranty and unconscionable actions. The Act defines consumers to include natural persons and small to middle sized businesses.
What Conduct is Prohibited by the Act?
The full text of the DTPA can be found at section 17.41 of the Texas Business and Commerce Code. Specifically, section 17.46(b) of the Texas Business and Commerce Code contains a non-exclusive list of 25 prohibited acts. Some of the prohibited acts include:
• Passing off goods or services as those of another
• False representation
• False disparagement of goods or services of another business
• False advertising (in certain circumstances)
• False misrepresentation
• False warranties
• Failure to disclose certain information in sales of goods and services
• False representation of business entity status
• Price gauging after a disaster
How Can I Determine If I Have a Viable Cause of Action?
Case law interpreting the DTPA is a fluid and ever-changing matter. The best way to protect your rights is to immediately contact an experienced Deceptive Trade Practices Act attorney if you think you may have a cause of action.
Oil and Gas
Mineral rights are an essential part of land ownership in Texas. These valuable rights can be compromised when owners sign documents, take action, or fail to take action. Property and mineral owners should consult with an oil and gas attorney before taking any action with regard to mineral rights, mineral leases, or contracts. Mr. Woods can handle various agreements and litigation within the oil and gas industry, including:
|• Mineral Lease Agreements
• Joint Operating Agreements
|• Purchase and Sale Agreements
• Title Examinations