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Abstract

The past several years have witnessed considerable growth in the power and number of New York governmental consumer protection agencies. New and potent statutory powers have been granted to the Attorney General. At the local level, cities, counties, and towns have created consumer agencies and granted many of them enforcement and rulemaking powers. Legislation on all levels of state government regulates an increasing number of commercial activities for the protection of consumers. That legislation has likewise led to greater cooperation among state and local consumer agencies. This Comment will examine the structures and powers of the various New York State government agencies which protect consumers from deceptive acts and practices, and evaluate the effectiveness of these agencies in combatting consumer deceptions.

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