Supreme Court unanimous: FTC can’t recover billions for consumers

Source: Robert Barnes & Rachel Lerman, Washington Post (Paid Registration)

The Supreme Court unanimously held that the Federal Trade Commission overstepped its authority by going to court to force individuals and companies engaged in deceptive business practices to turn over billions of dollars in profits.

“The Supreme Court ruled in favor of scam artists and dishonest corporations, leaving average Americans to pay for illegal behavior,” acting FTC chairwoman Rebecca Kelly Slaughter said in a statement. “With this ruling, the court has deprived the FTC of the strongest tool we had to help consumers when they need it most.”

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