Consumer Protection

Consumer protection involves the whole body of laws and organizations, as a form of government regulations, designed to protect the rights of consumers in transactions in the marketplace.  Consumer-friendly laws protect against unfair credit and collection practices and business dealings, for example.  Consumer protection organizations, such as the Federal Trade Commission (federal) and the Better Business Bureau (nonprofit), provide information to consumers and and help facilitate consumer complaints.  Many consumer protection laws give consumers a private right of action against individuals or businesses rather than just a government enforcement of the laws.

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