Practice Areas

Practice Areas

 

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Pharmaceuticals and Medical Devices
The Consumer Protection Branch investigates and litigates a wide range of criminal and civil violations of the Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act and the Controlled Substances Act.  A leading component of the Prescription Interdiction and Litigation (PIL) Task Force, the Branch is especially committed to combatting the nation’s opioid crisis, advancing matters to address wrongdoing up and down the prescription opioid supply chain.  The Branch also leads and monitors all Department investigations of legitimate drug and device manufacturers selling adulterated and misbranded products, as well as fraudsters selling fake cures or counterfeit pharmaceuticals.  The Branch works closely in this area with the FDA, DEA, and FBI.

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Food and Dietary Supplements
The Consumer Protection Branch brings and monitors enforcement actions against food and dietary supplement manufacturers and ingredient importers that pose a safety risk to consumers.  Recent actions include significant prosecutions of companies and executives responsible for knowingly distributing dangerously tainted food and selling products made with undisclosed illicit ingredients smuggled into the United States.  The Branch also regularly pursues civil injunctive actions against food and dietary supplement manufacturers to halt and remedy Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act violations.

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Complex Consumer Fraud
With vast experience in tackling multi-district and transnational fraud schemes that bilk millions of Americans out of billions of dollars each year, the Branch is a Department leader in investigating and prosecuting consumer frauds.  The Branch devotes particular attention to stopping scams that disproportionately target or affect older Americans and other vulnerable populations.  Working with the Postal Inspection Service, FBI, Federal Trade Commission, and FinCEN, among others, and utilizing state-of-the-art analytics and investigative approaches, the Branch directs enforcement initiatives and uses all available tools to do justice for victims and prevent other consumers from becoming victims.  Much of the Branch’s work advances through its Elder Fraud Initiative.  Branch personnel also serve on the Department’s Consumer Protection Working Group and co-chair the International Mass Marketing Fraud Working Group.

   

 

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Deceptive Trade Practices and Telemarketing Violations
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, including those affecting consumers’ identity integrity.  The Branch also is a specialist in combatting telemarketing violations, pursuing litigation, advising U.S. Attorneys’ Offices, and participating in the Department’s Executive Working Group on Telemarketing Violations.

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U.S. Servicemember and Veterans Fraud
The Consumer Protection Branch is the primary criminal enforcement component the Department’s Servicemember and Veterans Initiative.  Working with the Defense Criminal Investigative Service and FBI, the Branch investigates reported frauds and tracks evidence to uncover other schemes, seeking to ensure that the brave men and women who protect America are themselves protected from fraud and identity theft.

   

 

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Consumer Product Safety and Tampering
The Branch is charged with enforcing the Consumer Product Safety Act, which protects the public from dangerous products and hazardous materials.  The Branch specifically brings criminal prosecutions and civil-penalty actions for failures to report defective or otherwise unreasonably hazardous products.  In addition, the Branch is responsible for advancing and coordinating criminal prosecutions of significant odometer-tampering schemes, in which perpetrators fraudulently inflate vehicles’ market values and conceal potentially unsafe vehicles.  Agents from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration are key partners in this work.

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Tobacco Product Litigation
The Consumer Protection Branch is responsible for litigating, and enforcing the secured relief from, the United States’ racketeering case against cigarette manufacturers for deceiving the public about smoking’s addictiveness and health risks.  The Branch also enforces the ban on advertising cigarettes or smokeless tobacco on television and radio, and it is active in addressing new enforcement issues posed by e-cigarettes.

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Civil Defensive Litigation
The Branch defends the Food and Drug Administration and the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) in civil litigation challenging those agencies’ regulatory determinations and enforcement actions.  Branch attorneys handle such defensive litigation in both district and appellate courts, working closely with the FDA’s Office of the Chief Counsel and the CPSC’s General Counsel.  Litigation often involves contests to FDA’s drug- and medical-device-approval decisions, as well as efforts to compel the agencies to take, or refrain from taking, certain administrative actions.

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Class Action Fairness Act Litigation
Fulfilling the Department’s duty to ensure that class action settlements are fair and appropriate under the terms of the Class Action Fairness Act, the Branch monitors notices of significant settlements and takes action to discourage settlements that reward attorneys while offering allegedly harmed consumers little or nothing of value.

   
   
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Leadership 

Gustav W. Eyler
Acting Branch Director

 

Jill P. Furman
Deputy Branch Director

 

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