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Bipartisan Coalition of 23 Attorneys General Files an Amicus Brief in Support of FTC’s Ability to Seek Restitution for Victims of Deceptive Trade Practices

 

  • A bipartisan coalition of 23 AGs, led by Illinois AG Kwame Raoul, filed an amicus brief in the U.S. Supreme Court in support of the FTC’s position in Federal Trade Commission v. Credit Bureau Center, LLC, 19-825, where the FTC argued that it should be allowed to seek restitution for consumers in its enforcement actions under the FTC Act.
  • In the brief, the AGs asked the Supreme Court to grant the FTC’s petition for certiorari, where the FTC sought reversal of a 7th Circuit Court of Appeals decision holding that the FTC does not have the authority to seek restitution for victims of fraud or deceptive business practices.
  • The AGs argue that, among other things, without the ability to seek restitution, the FTC’s ability to protect consumers would be significantly weakened and victims of fraud and deception may not obtain relief. The AGs further argue that removing the FTC’s ability to seek restitution would encourage fraud and deceptive business practices while impeding federal-state collaborations and negatively impacting states and their residents.