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    The D.C. attorney general's office proposed legislation giving scam victims better protection to get their cases solved. Susan Hogan reports.

    (Published Wednesday, March 15, 2017)

    D.C.’s attorney general submitted legislation Wednesday to better protect consumers from fraud and other abuses.

    The District’s Consumer Protection Procedures Act has helped hundreds of residents, but Attorney General Karl Racine wants it to do more. He’s trying to bring the law in line with other states’ best practices.

    Currently, D.C. law does not provide the attorney general's office the authority to go after a business merely because its practices are unfair to consumers. Prohibiting unfair business practices would give them the power to go after deceptive businesses.

    Racine also proposed increasing penalties for businesses found in violation of the consumer protection law and making it easier to enforce settlements reached by his office. The attorney general would be able to get injunctions to stop repeat offenders who violate prior settlements with the District.