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Consumer Protection Law: Introduction

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Consumer protection law describes the legal protections and regulations that apply whenever "a person obtains goods, real property, credit, or services for personal, family, or household purposes,"* and encompasses a number of interrelated subject areas including advertising, bankruptcy, commercial contracts, debtor-creditor relations, insurance, real estate, privacy, and product liability law. Legal research in this area includes both federal and state statutes, and a complex array of state and federal agencies and regulatory and enforcement schemes.

This guide introduces the major federal and California statutes and agencies focused on consumer protection, and suggests research resources for exploring this multifaceted area of law.

Overviews of Consumer Protection Law

Starting with overview materials can be a good way to begin your research on consumer protection, a topic addressed in a number of different areas of law.

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* Dee Pridgen & Gene A. Marsh, Consumer Protection Law in a Nutshell 1 (2020).

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