Commercial law, also known as business law, is the body of law that applies to the rights, relations, and conduct of persons and businesses engaged in commerce, merchandising, trade, and sales. It is often considered to be a branch of civil law and deals with issues of both private law and public law. Some of the main branches of commercial law are consumer protection, contract laws, and intellectual property laws.
In addition to contract issues, common commercial law legal issues include:
- Consumer complaints
- Advertising and marketing disputes and violations
- Starting a new business
- Transferring or terminating a business
- Unfair competition issues
- Protection of intellectual property and trade secrets