Hawaii Attorney General Argue Consumer Refunds Are Critical In Preventing Fraud
January 31, 2020
Attorney General Clare E. Connors joined a bipartisan coalition of 23 attorneys general led by Illinois Attorney General Kwame Raoul announced an amicus brief supporting the Federal Trade Commission’s (FTC) ability to seek restitution for consumers when enforcing consumer protections under the Federal Trade Commission Act.
The coalition filed the brief in Federal Trade Commission v. Credit Bureau Center, LLC, asking the U.S. Supreme Court grant the FTC’s petition for certiorari. In its petition, the FTC seeks reversal of a decision by the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals holding that the FTC does not have authority to obtain restitution when providing redress to victims of fraud or deceptive business practices. In the brief the attorneys general argue that restitution is a critical FTC enforcement tool and that preventing the FTC from obtaining restitution significantly weakens the FTC’s ability to protect consumers.
Joining Attorney Generals Connors and Raoul in filing the brief are the attorneys general of Alaska, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, the District of Columbia, Idaho, Indiana, Iowa, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Nevada, New Jersey, New Mexico, Oregon, Puerto Rico, South Dakota, Vermont, Virginia, and Wisconsin.