H. R. 2668
IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
To amend the Federal Trade Commission Act to affirmatively confirm the authority of the Federal Trade Commission to seek permanent injunctions and other equitable relief for violations of any provision of law enforced by the Commission.
This Act may be cited as the
Consumer Protection and Recovery Act.
FTC authority to seek permanent injunctions and other equitable relief
Permanent injunctions and other equitable relief
Section 13 of the Federal Trade Commission Act (15 U.S.C. 53) is amended—
in subsection (b)—
in paragraph (1), by inserting
has violated, after
in paragraph (2)—
that and inserting
that either (A); and
final, and inserting
final; or (B) the permanent enjoining thereof or the ordering of equitable relief under subsection (e),; and
in the matter following paragraph (2)—
to enjoin any such act or practice;
Upon and inserting
In a suit under paragraph (2)(A), upon;
proper cases and inserting
a suit under paragraph (2)(B);
injunction. and inserting
injunction, equitable relief under subsection (e), or such other relief as the court determines to be just and proper, including temporary or preliminary equitable relief.;
Any suit and inserting
Any suit under this subsection; and
In any suit under this section and inserting
In any such suit; and
by adding at the end the following:
Restitution; contract rescission and reformation; refunds; return of property
In a suit brought under subsection (b)(2)(B), the Commission may seek, and the court may order, with respect to the violation that gives rise to the suit, restitution for losses, rescission or reformation of contracts, refund of money, or return of property.
In a suit brought under subsection (b)(2)(B), the Commission may seek, and the court may order, disgorgement of any unjust enrichment that a person, partnership, or corporation obtained as a result of the violation that gives rise to the suit.
Any amount that a person, partnership, or corporation is ordered to pay under paragraph (2) with respect to a violation shall be offset by any amount such person, partnership, or corporation is ordered to pay, and the value of any property such person, partnership, or corporation is ordered to return, under paragraph (1) with respect to such violation.
A court may not order equitable relief under this subsection with respect to any violation occurring before the period that begins on the date that is 10 years before the date on which the Commission files the suit in which such relief is sought.
For purposes of calculating the beginning of the period described in subparagraph (A), any time during which an individual against which the equitable relief is sought is outside of the United States shall not be counted.
Section 16(a)(2)(A) of the Federal Trade Commission Act (15 U.S.C. 56(a)(2)(A)) is amended by striking
(relating to injunctive relief).
The amendments made by this section shall apply with respect to any action or proceeding that is pending on, or commenced on or after, the date of the enactment of this Act.
Passed the House of Representatives July 20, 2021.
Cheryl L. Johnson,