The National Consumer Law Center has issued its report on the unfair deceptive trade practices laws in the 50 states and the District of Columbia. The report highlights the strengths and weaknesses of the Unfair and Deceptive Acts and Practices (UDAP) laws that prohibit deceptive and unfair practices in consumer transactions, such as sales of cars and other goods, loans, home improvements, and mortgage transactions.

“Legislation or court decisions in dozens of states have narrowed the scope of UDAP laws or granted sweeping exemptions to entire industries. Other states have placed substantial legal obstacles in the path of officials charged with UDAP enforcement, or imposed ceilings as low as $1,000 on civil penalties. And several states have stacked the financial deck against consumers who go to court to enforce the law themselves.”

Claims under these laws can also be brought by investors in FINRA arbitration.

You can find the report here: https://www.nclc.org/issues/how-well-do-states-protect-consumers.html

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