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For more than 40 years, the Consumer Protection Branch has worked to protect the health, safety, and economic security of the American consumer. The Consumer Protection Branch leads the Justice Department’s efforts to enforce consumer protection statutes throughout the United States.

The Consumer Protection Branch cases are rooted in our nation’s fundamental consumer protection laws, establishing crucial precedents and protecting American consumers from threats to their health, safety, and wallet. Cases commonly handled by the Consumer Protection Branch include:

CPB Image for Pharmaceuticals Dietary Supplements and Medical Devices Practice Areas Pharmaceuticals and Medical Devices CPB Image for Deceptive Trade Practices and Telemarketing Fraud Practice Area

Deceptive Trade Practices and Telemarketing Fraud

CPB Image for Food Safety Practice Area Food and Dietary Supplements CPB Image for Consumer Product Safety Practice Area Consumer Product Safety
CPB Image for Odometer Tampering Practice Area Odometer Fraud CPB Image for Tobacco Products Practice Area Tobacco Products
CPB Image for Civil Defense Practice Area Civil Defensive Litigation    

The Consumer Protection Branch works closely with agencies such as the Food and Drug Administration, the Federal Trade Commission, the Consumer Product Safety Commission, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, and the newly created Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.

In addition, the Consumer Protection Branch works with law enforcement agencies such as the U.S. Postal Inspection Service, FDA’s Office of Criminal Investigations, and the Federal Bureau of Investigation to investigate and prosecute criminal violations of the law. All of these partnerships enable the Consumer Protection Branch to enhance its enforcement efforts on behalf of the American consumer.