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Texas Deceptive Trade Practices Act

The Texas Deceptive Trade Practices Act is a statute that prohibits a variety of business and consumer practices that are defined under the Act as deceptive.  There are specific notice requirements that must be provided by a Plaintiff before pursuing a DTPA claim, and there are certain defenses avialable to a Defendant who timely responds to a Plaintiff's initial notice.  So any Defendant who is presented with a DTPA notice letter should obtain counsel immediately to assist in the determination of best to respond to the demand and to make the response timely.  The specific details of the DTPA, the actions which are defined as deceptive, and the procedural issus of the Act are explained in this section of The Insurance Adjusters Essential Guide for Handling Texas Claims.