Various state laws protect consumers from being misled when they purchase goods and services.
Consumer-fraud violations include:
- False or misleading advertising or statements about a product or service;
- Unfair or deceptive business practices, such as a bait-and-switch schemes; and
- A product or service failing to perform as promised.
If a consumer has been injured financially because of consumer fraud, the consumer may sue the wrongdoer, such as the manufacturer or retailer, for damages. To encourage these laws’ enforcement, many states’ consumer-protection laws permit double or triple damages, plus attorneys’ fees.