Some large class action lawsuits come about because a company attempted to defraud a large part of the consumer market. When this happens, there are state and federal consumer protection laws to protect consumers’ rights. The laws prevent businesses that engage in fraud or specified unfair practices from gaining an advantage over competitors and may provide additional protection for the weak and those unable to take care of themselves.
At the federal level, consumers are protected by Fair Debt Collection Practices Act, Fair Credit Reporting Act and Truth in Lending Act, just to name a few. At the state level, California has the California Department of Consumer Affairs, which regulates approximately 2.3 million professionals in over 230 professions. We are fortunate in that California has the strongest consumer protection laws of any state in the country.
California Law provides a wealth of consumer protection remedies, including injunctions, rescission, damages, and penalties, in favor of consumers of new and used consumer products and services. The California Consumer Legal Remedies Act itself sets down 22 specific forbidden practices covering almost every type of fraud and misrepresentation. The statutes are wide ranging and sweeping, covering all types of consumer goods, from the sale of automobiles, to real estate and loan documents, to the sale and trade of precious coins and metal
Do you think you are the victim of consumer fraud?
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