2020 Consumer Protection Year in Review

Attorneys General Respond to COVID-19 Challenges and Maintain Strong Efforts Across Full Range of Consumer Issues The COVID-19 pandemic brought unprecedented challenges to state and territory attorneys general in 2020, including price gougers, charlatans peddling bogus treatments or cures, and companies refusing to provide refunds for cancelled travel and other events. For many attorney general…

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Congress Passes “No Surprises Act” To Protect Consumers From Unexpected Medical Bills

Tucked inside the omnibus appropriations bill that was passed in the waning days of the 116th Congress, the “No Surprises Act” aims to address the problem of surprise medical bills. Surprise medical bills happen when a patient unexpectedly receives services from an out-of-network provider or in an out-of-network facility. The bill provides protection from surprise medical…

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Challenge to the FTC’s Restitution Authority to be Heard by Supreme Court

Led by Illinois Attorney General Kwame Raoul, a bipartisan coalition of 30 attorneys general filed an amicus brief in the U.S. Supreme Court supporting the Federal Trade Commission’s (FTC) right to obtain disgorgement and restitution for victims of deceptive practices in cases filed in U.S. district court under Section 13(b) of the FTC Act. The…

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