OAKLAND – Attorney General Rob Bonta today announced joining a bipartisan coalition of 30 attorneys general in submitting a comment letter to the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) emphasizing the importance of federal-state partnerships in protecting consumers from fraud. On October 10, 2022, President Biden signed into law the FTC Collaboration Act of 2021, which directed the Commission to “conduct a study on facilitating and refining existing efforts with State Attorneys General to prevent, publicize, and penalize frauds and scams being perpetrated on individuals in the United States” and to provide the opportunity for public comment. On June 7, 2023, the FTC published a request for public information; the comment letter responds to that request.
“Since taking office, protecting consumers from fraud has been one of my top priorities. While the California Department of Justice has many tools at its disposal to hold unscrupulous actors accountable, we have long benefited from collaborating with the FTC and vice versa,” said Attorney General Bonta. “I join my fellow attorneys general in highlighting the importance of this federal-state partnership. Consumers and the marketplace have been better off because of it.”
In the comment letter, the attorneys general:
In submitting the comment letter, Attorney General Bonta joins the attorneys general of Arizona, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Illinois, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Dakota, Tennessee, Vermont, Washington, Wisconsin, and American Samoa and the District of Columbia.
A copy of the comment letter can be found here.