SCOTUS Curbs FTC’s Enthusiasm by Limiting Relief Available Under Section 13(b) of the FTC Act

On April 22, 2021, the Supreme Court of the United States unanimously held that Section 13(b) of the Federal Trade Commission Act does not authorize the FTC to seek, or a court to award, equitable monetary relief. The decision is likely to have a significant impact on the FTC’s decision-making process in bringing future cases directly to federal district court, as opposed to going through the administrative process, and it will likely spur congressional debate and possibly lead to new legislation.

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