Supreme Court Rolls Back FTC Restitution Power

Law360 (April 22, 2021, 11:15 AM EDT) -- The U.S. Supreme Court on Thursday gutted the Federal Trade Commission's power to seek federal court orders forcing bad marketplace actors to pay restitution, shutting down a critical tool the FTC uses to recover money from scammers and antitrust violators.

The U.S. Supreme Court on Thursday stripped away the Federal Trade Commission's power to seek federal court orders forcing bad actors to pay restitution. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon) In a unanimous opinion written by Justice Stephen G. Breyer, the high court said Congress never intended for the FTC to wield the authority to collect restitution or disgorgement of ill-gotten gains as an equitable...

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