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The harm of false advertising by a competitor

On Behalf of | May 22, 2024 | Commercial Litigation |

False advertising by a competitor can significantly harm your business. When a competitor makes untrue or misleading claims about their products, it creates an unfair playing field and negatively impacts honest businesses like yours.

The consequences of false advertising can be far-reaching, affecting your sales, reputation and overall market position.

Loss of customers

When a competitor engages in false advertising, it can lure customers away from your business. Customers might believe the misleading claims and think they are getting a better deal. For example, if a competitor falsely claims their product lasts twice as long as others, customers may buy that product instead, expecting better value. This results in lost sales for your business, as you cannot match these deceptive promises. Over time, you may lose loyal customers and see a decline in your market share.

Damage to reputation

False advertising by a competitor can also tarnish your reputation. When customers believe inaccurate claims, they may view your business as inferior. For instance, if a competitor claims their product is healthier, customers might assume your products are unhealthy. This can damage your reputation. Moreover, customers who feel deceived by false advertising may lose trust in the entire industry, making it harder for you to attract and retain customers.


There are several ways to address the harm caused by a competitor’s deceptive advertising. One option is to report the false advertising to authorities such as the Federal Trade Commission. They can investigate and act against companies that engage in false advertising.

Another option is to pursue legal action. You can sue competitors for damages resulting from their advertising, potentially receiving compensation for lost sales and reputational harm.

You can also counteract false advertising by educating your customers. Providing clear and accurate information about your products and highlighting the benefits of honesty and quality can help rebuild trust and attract customers who value transparency.

If you suspect a competitor is engaging in false advertising, you have options to address this issue. By taking action and maintaining a commitment to honesty, you can protect your interests and continue to serve your customers effectively.