The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) is asking Congress to restore its authority to return funds to victims of fraud and other illegal activity, according to a Tuesday (April 27) press release.

Testifying before the House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Consumer Protection and Commerce, acting FTC Chair Rebecca Kelly Slaughter said that recently introduced legislation is crucial to protecting consumers in light of a Supreme Court ruling that eliminates the commission’s authority to recover money to compensate consumers who have been harmed by fraud.

Other recent court rulings have hampered the FTC’s power to take court action against illegal conduct, which “have significantly limited the Commission’s primary…

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