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Unfair Competition

“Unfair Competition” covers a range of disputes: competitor vs. competitor, consumer fraud, false advertising, and government enforcement proceedings. These are just a few of the many possible claims available to parties allegedly harmed by misleading or unfair business conduct, but all these varied claims have one thing in common: they carry serious financial and reputational risks for businesses involved. Winthrop & Weinstine’s strong legal team has the depth and breadth of experience that can make all the difference in handling these cases, making us a “go-to” law firm for companies faced with such complex and multifaceted claims.

Our Approach

Our interdisciplinary team, with experience in a range of business matters, trade regulations, and working with state and federal regulators, works with you to develop sophisticated strategies tailored to your business and situation. Our proactive, pragmatic, creative, and aggressive litigation attorneys work in concert with your business to achieve a favorable resolution of your case, sooner rather than later.

Our lawyers are thought leaders on these topics, publishing  articles and updates on the latest issues and trends, and providing preventative risk-management advice to our valued clients.


  • False Advertising
  • Consumer Fraud
  • Unfair Competition
  • Deceptive Trade Practices
  • Consumer Protection
  • Class Actions
  • Trade Regulation
  • Trademark & Copyright Infringement
  • Trade Secret Misappropriation
  • Food & Beverage Labeling
  • Product Packaging & Labeling
  • Websites & Online Marketplaces
  • Environmental "Green" Claims
  • "Made in America" Claims
  • Geographic Origin Claims
  • Insurance Coverage Class Actions
  • Antitrust
  • Fair Debt Collection Practices Act ("FDCPA")
  • Fair Credit Reporting Act ("FCRA")
  • Telephone Consumer Practices Act ("TCPA")
  • Real Estate Settlement Procedure Act ("RESPA")

Notable Experience

  • Blue Cross Blue Shield of Minnesota v. GS Labs, LLC
  • Keith Ellison, Minnesota Attorney General v. HavenBrook Homes, et al.
  • Ashbach v. Blue Plate Restaurant Group
  • Hodges v. Front Yard Residential Corporation, et al.
  • Interstate Power Systems v. Basin Industrial Solutions, et al.
  • Verde Environmental Technologies v. C2R Global Manufacturing
  • Modern Point v. Modern Acupuncture
  • Corker v. Cameron's Coffee Company, et al.
  • Ferrellgas v. Lakes Gas
  • Dimit, et al. v. Crop Risk Services, et al.
  • WinRed v. Keith Ellison, Minnesota Attorney General
  • TruStile Doors v. Architectural Concepts, et al.
  • Ferrellgas v. Lori Swanson, Minnesota Attorney General
  • Berthiaume, et al. v. Allianz Life Insurance Company of North America, et al.
  • In re CenturyLink Sales Practices and Securities Litigation