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CR memo of support for New York’s proposed Consumer and Small Business Protection Act

Consumer Reports strongly supports A.7138 and S.795, also known as the Consumer and Small Business Protection Act (CSPA), which would strengthen the New York’s Deceptive Practices Act (GBL § 349), by specifically banning unfair and abusive practices that harm consumers; 2) eliminating the judicial requirement of demonstrating that a business engages in “consumer-oriented conduct,” in order to bring a claim; and 3) increasing the amount of damages available for recovery, and making attorney’s fees mandatory instead of discretionary.