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  Consumer protection - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Consumer protection is government regulation to protect the interests of consumers, for example by requiring businesses to disclose detailed information about products, particularly in areas where safety or public health is an issue, such as food.
Consumer protection is linked to the idea of consumer rights (that consumers have various rights as consumers), and to consumer organizations which help consumers make better choices in the marketplace.
Consumer protection law or consumer law is considered an area of public law that regulates private law relationships between individual consumers and the businesses that sell them goods and services.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Consumer_protection   (545 words)

  
 consumer protection - Hutchinson encyclopedia article about consumer protection
There are many private consumer associations, and among the most active and effective of crusaders for greater protection has been Ralph Nader.
In Britain, an early organization for consumer protection was the British Standards Institution, set up in 1901, which certifies with a ‘Kitemark’ goods reaching certain standards.
A number of organizations are also concerned with consumers' interests, including the Consumers' Association, Citizens' Advice Bureau, local-authority trading standards departments, and regulatory bodies such as Oftel and Ofwat.
encyclopedia.farlex.com /consumer+protection   (315 words)

  
 Texas Attorney General
The Attorney General protects consumers and the legitimate business community by filing civil lawsuits under the Deceptive Trade Practices Act and other consumer protection statutes.
Consumer Education is a third vital part of the Attorney General's mission.
In those instances, it is appropriate for the consumer to seek legal advice from a private attorney, legal aid society or other organization.
www.oag.state.tx.us /consumer/consumer.shtml   (1687 words)

  
 Consumer Protection Act, 2002, S.O. 2002, c. 30, Sched. A   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-21)
It is an unfair practice for a person to use his, her or its custody or control of a consumer’s goods to pressure the consumer into renegotiating the terms of a consumer transaction.  2002, c.
A consumer may cancel a future performance agreement within one year after the date of entering into the agreement if the consumer does not receive a copy of the agreement that meets the requirements required by section 22.  2002, c.
Every consumer agreement for loan brokering, credit repair or for the supply of such other goods or services as may be prescribed shall be in writing, shall be delivered to the consumer and shall be made in accordance with the prescribed requirements.  2002, c.
www.e-laws.gov.on.ca /DBLaws/Statutes/English/02c30_e.htm   (7896 words)

  
 Office of Consumer Protection Home Page
The Division of Consumer Affairs is the lineal descendant of the Office of Consumer Protection ["OCP"].
The primary responsibility of OCP is to enforce the Consumer Fraud Act and its regulations.
The Halal Food Consumer Protection Act requires the New Jersey Division of Consumer Affairs to enforce the law ensuring that all food offered for sale or sold as halal has been prepared according to the halal dealers representations of his practices.
www.state.nj.us /lps/ca/ocp.htm   (1204 words)

  
 Arizona Attorney General, Terry Goddard
Consumer fraud, as defined by Arizona law, is any deception, false statement, false pretense, false promise or misrepresentation made by a seller or advertiser of merchandise.
In addition, concealment, suppression or failure to disclose a material fact may be consumer fraud if it is done with the intent that others rely on such concealment, suppression or nondisclosure.
If you believe you have been the victim of consumer fraud, you should first contact the company in writing and specifically request the relief that you feel is appropriate.
www.azag.gov /consumer   (305 words)

  
 Attorney General's Office Consumer Protection Division
The Consumer Protection Division enforces Missouri's Consumer Protection Act and antitrust laws and has the responsibility of representing the commissioner of securities of the Secretary of State's Office.
Missouri's consumer protection statutes prohibit deception, fraud and misrepresentation or concealment of material facts in the sale or advertisement of goods or services.
Consumers who want to file a consumer complaint can fill out a consumer complaint form.
www.ago.mo.gov /divisions/consumerprotection.htm   (290 words)

  
 consumer protection   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-21)
The Bureau of Consumer Protection is a branch of the Pennsylvania Attorney General's office.
The Bureau of Consumer Protection is able to disclose only whether they have taken legal action against a company.
Consumer Protection kits containing valuable consumer information on a wide range of subjects are available.
www.eriebar.com /consumer_protection.html   (233 words)

  
 Massachusetts Attorney General: Consumer Protection
Whether it is safeguarding consumer rights or getting money back for consumers who have been the victims of unfair or deceptive business conduct, The Office of the Attorney General is on the front line working for consumers across the Commonwealth.
The Office's Consumer Protection and Antitrust Division also assists consumers by filing more than 200 court cases, seeking redress in matters which affect large numbers of people across the state.
We advocate for new and improved laws and regulations that protect your rights, and we work to ensure that the mergers we see happening almost daily do not have a negative impact on consumers.
www.ago.state.ma.us /sp.cfm?pageid=967   (164 words)

  
 Attorney General: Consumer Protection   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-21)
The Attorney General Office's involvement in the fight against tobacco began in 1996, when a suit was filed against the tobacco companies for illegally targeting and marketing to minors and violating Washington's consumer protection and antitrust laws.
orces state and federal laws that protect consumers and businesses from anticompetitive practices, such as price-fixing, bid-rigging, monopolization and other conduct that interferes with fair competition.
The section gives a voice to consumers in highly technical cases that can have millions of dollars in impact for people around the state.
www.atg.wa.gov /consumerintro.shtml   (418 words)

  
 New Mexico Attorney General Patricia Madrid   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-21)
The consumer protection division enforces consumer laws in the State of New Mexico that are intended to shield the public from fraudulent and unfair business practices.
When the consumer protection division becomes aware of a certain pattern and practice that may be affecting the public interest, the unfair practices act offers several tools that can be used to stop the trade practice and change any illegal behavior.
If a consumer wants damages in addition to restitution, they are encouraged to seek legal advice from a private attorney or a legal services organization, and to file a private civil lawsuit against the business if they so choose.
www.ago.state.nm.us /divs/cons/cons.htm   (836 words)

  
 Consumer Protection-PIRG
Last week, PIRG joined Consumer Federation of America, Free Press and Consumers Union to release a new report and announce a new campaign to preserve economic and consumer benefits of peer-to-peer file sharing.
In addition, PIRG, Consumers Union and others are also urging Congress to use the nomination of Lester Crawford as FDA commissioner to conduct oversight of the commission's flaws.
Choicepoint itself admits that at least 750 consumers have already been hit with identity theft and that 35,000 Californians and 110,000 other Americans have been or will be notified that they may have had their data compromised due to a ring of identity thieves posing as legitimate creditors or other users.
www.pirg.org /consumer   (5243 words)

  
 Maryland Attorney General - Consumer Publications
The law provides for consumers whose cars meet certain criteria to receive a refund or a replacement vehicle if repair attempts have failed to correct a problem, and the problem substantially impairs the use and market value of the vehicle.
Send a copy of your letter to the Consumer Protection Division with a completed complaint form.
Consumer hotline: (410) 528-8662 or 1 (888) 743-0023 toll-free
www.oag.state.md.us /consumer/lemon.htm   (2326 words)

  
 Consumer protection - Wisconsin Department of Transportation
Resources are also available to keep you up-to-date on product recalls and consumer alerts, the ups and downs of gasoline prices, and the latest consumer laws.
To assist consumers in identifying vehicles with possible flood damage from the 2005 hurricanes, the National Insurance Crime Bureau (NICB) offers an opportunity to check vehicle identification numbers of vehicles against a database.
It may be difficult for consumers to identify whether a vehicle has been damaged by floods.
www.dot.wisconsin.gov /safety/consumer   (173 words)

  
 Consumer Protection Attorneys South Carolina Consumer Complaint Lawyer   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-21)
Consumers who have been damaged by the wrongful conduct of insurance companies, finance companies, banking institutions, and other large corporations may have cause to bring suit against them.
The S.C. Consumer Protection Code is the state law which governs consumer credit transactions, and provides for consumer protection in South Carolina.
Contact a South Carolina Consumer Protection Attorney or Lawyer by calling our office toll free at (877) 327-3800, or send an e-mail using our easy contact form.
www.mcgowanhood.com /consumerprotection.html   (217 words)

  
 Consumers - California Dept. of Justice - Office of the Attorney General
The Attorney General works to protect Californians and legitimate businesses in the state through the enforcement of consumer protection and fair competition laws.
Through enforcement actions brought by the Consumer Law Section, there have been industry changes to stop misleading national sweepstakes mailers, improvements in the privacy protections applied by businesses to consumer data, and penalties against sellers of travel for undelivered vacation promises.
To learn about the consumer protection activities of other sections in the Attorney General's Office, use the Programs & Services links for Antitrust/Business Competition, Charities and Bureau of Medi-Cal Fraud & Elder Abuse.
ag.ca.gov /consumers   (225 words)

  
 Consumer Protection Home Page   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-21)
The CPRT membership is comprised of representatives from federal, state, county, and city consumer agencies, as well as various consumer organizations, and several consumer reporters from print and TV media.
On behalf of its membership, the Consumer Protection Roundtable seeks to provide timely and relevant information about consumer issues and concerns to the residents of the Puget Sound area through interaction with the media, through the sharing of information among the members, and through participation in consumer education-oriented public events and forums.
The membership of the Consumer Protection Roundtable is dedicated to educating the public on consumer issues through close contacts with consumer reporters in the print and broadcast media and by providing timely information on their web sites.
www.cityofseattle.net /consumerprotection   (534 words)

  
 Consumer Protection
Full text of approximately 150 consumer publications on a wide range of categories from the US Bureau of Consumer Protection.
At this National Consumers League site, you can read Internet Fraud Watch daily reports (including their archives), report telemarketing fraud and suspicious Internet activity, learn how to protect yourself and your personal financial information, and connect with other agencies on the Internet.
Consumer fraud information under such topics as sweepstakes and lotteries, personal finance-related schemes, employment schemes, telephone solicitations, and other consumer frauds.
www.cln.org /themes/protection.html   (343 words)

  
 State of Maine Attorney General - Augusta, Maine
It is our belief that if consumers and businesses are better aware of their legal rights and responsibilities then disputes can be more fairly resolved.
Consumers are asked to fill out a consumer complaint form and our volunteer mediators are then assigned to work with consumers and businesses to reach fair and amicable resolutions.
If you are concerned that your consumer rights may have been violated and you are considering litigation, we urge to first consult with a private attorney.
www.state.me.us /ag/index.php?r=clg   (417 words)

  
 Consumer Protection
The Consumer Protection Section is here to provide you with information on a wide selection of topics that affect the Louisiana consumer.
The Consumer Protection Section provides a comprehensive consumer education program.
Our office can: mediate consumer complaints; take legal action against companies engaged in a pattern of unfair business practices; gather helpful information from a large network of agencies; and assist in the preparation of consumer protection legislation.
www.ag.state.la.us /ConsumerProtection.aspx?index=5   (456 words)

  
 Ministry of Government Services: Services for Individuals
The 2006 Fraud Free Calendar provides consumers with important tips on how to protect themselves from fraud and scams in the marketplace, as well as a directory of consumer protection resources.
The Consumer Protection Act, 2002 consolidates six existing consumer protection laws: the Business Practices Act, the Consumer Protection Act, the Consumer Protection Bureau Act, the Loan Brokers Act, the Motor Vehicle Repair Act, and the Prepaid Services Act.
This site is designed to provide the information you need to protect your rights, and to inform you of your responsibilities – and how to take action in the event of a dispute with a business.
www.cbs.gov.on.ca /mcbs/english/consumer_info.htm   (299 words)

  
 QuickLinks - Consumer protection   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-21)
David Byrne, the European Commissioner for Health and Consumer Protection, announced plans for a new EU-wide network to ensuring individual citizens know their rights as consumers and have an easy access to redress.
The new network will be created by merging two existing networks: the European Consumer Centres or 'Euroguichets', which currently provide information and assistance on cross-border issues; and the European Extra-Judicial Network which help consumers to resolve their disputes through alternative dispute resolution schemes such as mediators or arbitrators.
An internet sweep by the International Consumer Protection and Enforcement Network (ICPEN) has forced the closure or amendment of 320 sites, eight of which are UK-based, which were found to contain cross-border scams or misleading or fraudulent internet adverts.
www.qlinks.net /quicklinks/consumer.htm   (3159 words)

  
 Hillsborough County Government Online - Consumer Protection
Consumer Protection enforces consumer protection laws through investigation and mediation.
The Agency refers unresolved mediation cases to the Consumer Protection Board and presents criminal cases to the State Attorney or the U.S. Attorney General for prosecution.
Information regarding the following consumer matters is available from the agency: automobile purchases and repair, contracts and purchases, landlord-tenant relations, warranties, appliances, mail orders, and telemarketing and internet fraud.
www.hillsboroughcounty.org /consumerprotection   (241 words)

  
 Mississippi Attorney General Jim Hood
The mission of the Consumer Protection Division of the Mississippi Attorney General's Office is to shield Mississippi consumers against "unfair, false, deceptive, misleading, or unconscionable" business practices.
Consumer Education actively teaches by presenting programs to consumers across the state and through distributing educational literature on consumer rights and concerns.
If you are a consumer annoyed by telemarketing calls and want to know your options, click here.
www.ago.state.ms.us /divisions/consumer   (622 words)

  
 WI DOJ - Consumer Issues   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-21)
The Department of Justice’s Office of Consumer Protection investigates and prosecutes violations of state consumer laws, including laws relating to deceptive advertising, credit, charitable solicitations, telecommunications, telemarketing and sales.
The Consumer Protection Office also protects Wisconsin citizens from unfair and deceptive trade practices and provides consumer information and education.
Consumers with questions or complaints about these issues or other consumer protection concerns are encouraged to contact one of the following agencies:
www.doj.state.wi.us /columns   (277 words)

  
 Pinellas County Consumer Protection
Also available are a series of educational brochures to assist you in many consumer issues.
If you're a TV watcher, do not miss our monthly "Your Consumer Protection" show on Pinellas 18, which is now also available online via streaming video.
Our Mission is to provide protection for Pinellas County consumers in the marketplace and the business community against economic losses resulting from unethical or illegal business practices; to provide assistance for the resolution of consumer-business disputes; and to educate and inform the consumer and business communities of existing consumer protection laws.
www.pinellascounty.org /consumer   (220 words)

  
 Attorney General - Consumer Protection Page
Consumer Protection Unit handles matters when a business has engaged in unfair and/or deceptive practices directed toward a consumer.
The Unit provides informal mediation services in order to resolve disputes without court intervention, enforces the landlord/tenant code, and provides a myriad of outreach and educational services for the consumer.
Consumerjungle.org - A game which educates young people in consumer literacy.
www.state.de.us /attgen/fraud/consumerprotection/consumerprotection.htm   (284 words)

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