unfair competition
un·fair com·pe·ti·tion n: the common-law tort of passing off one's goods as another's; broadly: any of various torts (as disparagement) that interfere with the business prospects of a competitor or injure consumers

Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary of Law. . 1996.

unfair competition
n.
The tort of fraudulently trying to pass off one’s goods as those of another company, or to use the reputation of another company to sell one’s own product, as through misleading advertising or packaging.

The Essential Law Dictionary. — Sphinx Publishing, An imprint of Sourcebooks, Inc. . 2008.


unfair competition
Any commercial behavior or activity that is legally unjust or deceptive. It includes such diverse activities as trademark infringement, false advertising, and theft of trade secrets but can include any illegal dirty tricks within the marketplace. If a court finds that an activity constitutes unfair competition, it will prevent that activity from occurring in the future and may award money damages to the person or company harmed by the activity.
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Nolo’s Plain-English Law Dictionary. . 2009.


unfair competition
n. Misrepresenting the reputation, name, or good will of a company or person as that of another; untrue or misleading advertising that causes a consumer to be misled; unethical business practices. Unfair competition is a tort and a fraud, for which legal remedy and redress may be sought.

Webster's New World Law Dictionary. . 2000.


unfair competition
Any fraudulent, deceptive, or dishonest trade practice that is prohibited by statute, regulation, or the common law.

Dictionary from West's Encyclopedia of American Law. 2005.


unfair competition
Any fraudulent, deceptive, or dishonest trade practice that is prohibited by statute, regulation, or the common law.

Short Dictionary of (mostly American) Legal Terms and Abbreviations.

unfair competition
n.
   wrongful and/or fraudulent business methods to gain an unfair advantage over competitors, including: a) untrue or misleading advertising, b) misleading customers by imitative trademark, name or package, c) falsely disparaging another's product. Although state laws vary, unfair competition is the basis for a legal action (suit) for damages and/or an injunction to halt the deceptive practices against an unfair competitor if the practices tend to harm one's business.

Law dictionary. . 2013.

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