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Pharmaceuticals and Medical Devices
The Consumer Protection Branch investigates and litigates a wide range of criminal and civil Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act violations, including those committed by legitimate drug and device manufacturers selling adulterated and misbranded products, as well as fraudsters selling fake cures or counterfeit pharmaceuticals, or operating internet pharmacies.

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Deceptive Trade Practices and Telemarketing Fraud
Through litigation under a variety of laws and regulations, including those administered by the Federal Trade Commission, the Consumer Protection Branch combats a wide range of deceptive trade practices, such as lottery fraud, immigration services fraud, deception via telemarketing, mortgage fraud, and debt relief scams.

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Food and Dietary Supplements
The Consumer Protection Branch brings enforcement actions against food and dietary supplement manufacturers that pose a safety risk to consumers.  Recent actions involve dried foods with rodent and insect infestation; fish products manufactured under insanitary conditions; the unlawful use of new animal drugs in cows slaughtered for food; and cheese products manufactured in facilities contaminated with dangerous bacteria.  When appropriate, the Consumer Protection Branch brings criminal prosecutions against those violating food safety laws.

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Consumer Product Safety
The Consumer Protection Branch is charged with enforcing the Consumer Product Safety Act, which protects the public from dangerous consumer products and hazardous materials, including, for example, toys that contain potentially toxic materials.  Among other things, the Consumer Protection Branch brings civil penalties actions for the failure to report a defective product that could create a substantial risk of injury to consumers or a product that is otherwise unreasonably hazardous or dangerous for consumers.  The Consumer Protection Branch also prosecutes cases against sellers of illegal fireworks to consumers.

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The Consumer Protection Branch brings criminal prosecutions relating to large scale odometer tampering schemes, in which perpetrators purchase used motor vehicles and alter odometers to reflect false mileages, thereby fraudulently inflating the vehicles’ market values and concealing potentially unsafe vehicles.
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Tobacco Products
The Consumer Protection Branch is responsible for litigating the United States’ racketeering case against the major cigarette manufacturers for deliberately deceiving the public about the addictiveness and health risks of smoking. The Consumer Protection Branch also enforces the so-called “Broadcast Ban” that prohibits advertising cigarettes or smokeless tobacco on television and radio.
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Civil Defensive Litigation
The Consumer Protection Branch defends the consumer protection programs of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the Federal Trade Commission, and the Consumer Product Safety Commission in litigation challenging these agencies' regulatory determinations and enforcement discretion. These matters range from challenges by brand-name pharmaceutical manufacturers seeking to stop FDA's approval of generic competitors to lawsuits to compel the agencies to take, or refrain from taking, certain regulatory or administrative actions
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