Consumer Protection Branch

Consumer Protection Branch

Justice Department Files Against COVID-19 Fraud

COVID-19 Virus

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Justice Department Files Its First Enforcement Action Against COVID-19 Fraud

About the Branch

The Consumer Protection Branch leads Department of Justice efforts to enforce laws that protect Americans’ health, safety, economic security, and identity integrity.  To accomplish its mission, the Branch brings both criminal and affirmative civil enforcement cases throughout the country.  The Branch uses its strong relationships with U.S. Attorneys’ Offices and investigative agencies, expertise with complex litigation, and nationwide reach to respond nimbly to emerging consumer threats.  Areas of enforcement focus for the Branch include:

  Pharmaceuticals and Medical Devices  

Complex Consumer Fraud

  Food and Dietary Supplements  

Deceptive Trade Practices and Telemarketing Violations

  Consumer Product Safety and Tampering  

U.S. Servicemember and Veterans Fraud

   Class Action Fairness Act  

Tobacco Products

In addition to its enforcement mandate, the Consumer Protection Branch has the special role within the Department of defending the Food and Drug Administration and the Consumer Product Safety Commission in civil litigation before both district and appellate courts.  This work is aided by the Branch’s knowledge and command of the laws at issue in such litigation.

The Consumer Protection Branch also plays a key role in devising and implementing Department policies and initiatives, opining on proposed legislation and regulations, and developing new investigative tools and litigation techniques.  It further coordinates interagency and multi-district matters, as well as global enforcement efforts.  The Branch helps law enforcement partners and the public by offering training and advice, and Branch personnel regularly participate in working groups and events.

Comprised of more than 120 attorneys, support professionals, and embedded law enforcement agents, the Consumer Protection Branch offers its personnel unique opportunities for professional development in a supportive environment.

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