There’s good news and bad news from one of the nation’s top consumer protection agencies, the Federal Trade Commission.
The good news is the announcement that the FTC obtained more than $483 million in refunds to consumers nationwide in 2020, including $12.4 million mailed to 62,213 Connecticut residents.
The mind-boggling bad news is that the U.S. Supreme Court on April 22 rejected the FTC’s power to use court injunctions to order scam artists and dishonest businesses to give refunds to victimized consumers.
Are the nine justices so malevolent? I asked myself before reading the unanimous decision. Liberal Justice Stephen Breyer wrote that the FTC had simply exceeded what Section 13(b) of the Federal Trade Commission Act, allows. It permits the FTC to sue lawbreakers and authorizes judges to issue permanent…