Are there any Consumer Protection laws that provide me with any rights following a bed bug attack or damage to my property by bed bugs?
All states across the country have consumer protection laws. Most consumer protection laws provide that consumers can recover their actual damages from a business that has treated them unfairly or deceptively, in addition to having their attorneys’ fees paid. These laws are commonly found in a state’s specific Deceptive and Unfair Trade Practices Acts. The consumer protection laws prohibit businesses from engaging in deceptive and unfair acts which harm businesses, consumers and individuals. The remedies under consumer protection laws are often limited to actual damages and obtaining an injunction to prevent the business from engaging in the same conduct which has caused harm or misled a consumer. For example, if a hotel advertises that their hotel is clean and safe, then they could be violating a consumer protection law by misleading a customer into staying in a bed bug-infested room. Thus resulting in bed bug consumer protection. Another example, could be a company that sells a product or service which is supposed to eliminate or prevent bud begs, but the product actually does not do what it was advertised to do. A business cannot engage in misleading advertisements or misrepresentations of what a product can actually do.