Pa. Justices Could Shift State's Consumer Litigation

Law360 (August 15, 2019, 12:49 PM EDT) -- The Supreme Court of Pennsylvania recently announced it will hear Gregg v. Ameriprise Financial,[1] a dispute over the culpability standard for the “catch-all” provision of Pennsylvania’s Unfair Trade Practices and Consumer Protection Law.[2] That statute allows consumers who purchase goods or services to sue vendors who engage in “fraudulent or deceptive conduct” that “creates a likelihood of confusion or of misunderstanding” during a transaction.[3] Depending on how the Supreme Court decides the case, Gregg could profoundly change the field of consumer protection litigation in Pennsylvania.

In Gregg, the plaintiffs met with a financial adviser, who persuaded them to liquidate their life...

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