A New Breed Of Products-Based Litigation

Law360, New York (June 27, 2007, 12:00 AM EDT) -- I. Introduction

Consumer fraud class action “products liability” suits describe a relatively new species of products-based litigation that are grounded primarily, if not exclusively, upon violations of state consumer protection acts (“CPAs”).

Each of the fifty (50) states, the District of Columbia, as well as the territories of Guam and Puerto Rico has enacted one or more statutes to protect consumers. Many of these statutes are patterned after the Federal Trade Commission Act (“FTC Act”) and generally proscribe “unfair or deceptive acts or practices” in connection...
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