The legislature responded this year by passing the first major overhaul of the state’s consumer protection laws in decades. The changes give prosecutors and private attorneys much more leeway in bringing cases against companies with questionable business practices and open the door for significantly larger settlements and judgments for consumers who have been wronged.
“This is a big deal,” Weiser said. “It gives us an ability to be more effective more quickly in taking on people doing bad things. The old law had some loopholes, or some defenses, that scammers could take advantage of so they could get away with (offenses).”