Supreme Court Limits FTC’s Ability To Make Fraudsters Reimburse Consumers

The Supreme Court has limited the Federal Trade Commission’s ability to order companies that have ripped off consumers to return money to them. The unanimous decision involved an FTC ruling that forced a payday lender to return money that it had deceptively charged customers.

The FTC can go to court to request an order to stop a fraudster. Before the Supreme Court ruling, the FTC could also request monetary relief “to be able to give back money to the harmed consumers,” said Andrea Matwyshyn, a professor at Penn State Law and a former advisor to the FTC.

Over the past five years, the FTC says it’s used this method to return over $11 billion to victims. Read more…..


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