Split Pa. Justices Say Intent Not Critical To Deception

Law360 (February 17, 2021, 5:07 PM EST) -- A split Supreme Court of Pennsylvania held Wednesday that the state's consumer protection law does not require a finding of fraud or negligence for a court to deem a business' conduct deceptive, as the law is intended to broadly prevent unscrupulous practices.

The 4-3 majority wrote that an Ameriprise insurance agent could be found liable for conduct that tended to deceive his customers, even though a jury acquitted him on fraudulent misrepresentation, which would require showing that he intended to deceive plaintiffs Gary and Mary Gregg, as well as negligent misrepresentation. 

A win for consumers that pulls Pennsylvania out of a minority...

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