NY Consumers Are Susceptible to Unfair & Deceptive Business Practices

A new report from the National Consumer Law Center finds that New York State statutes are relatively weak when it comes to protecting consumers against deceptive practices. A bill recently introduced by State Assemblymember Yuh-Line Niou, which MFJ supports, would strengthen consumer protections by clearly defining what constitutes unfair, unlawful or deceptive acts, eliminating the judicial requirement that the business engages in consumer-oriented conduct, increase the amount of available damages, and broaden standing to bring a claim. “For too long, New Yorkers have been defenseless against despicable business conduct simply because it was not necessarily ‘deceptive.’ With the rapid rollback of consumer protections on the federal level, it is imperative that we strengthen our state laws,” said MFJ Staff Attorney Ariana Lindermayer. Read more here.