Understanding Missouri’s Consumer Fraud Protections

In Missouri, there is a statute called the “Missouri Merchandising Practices Act” which is intended to combat consumer fraud.  This law is a valuable tool for anyone who believes they have been defrauded by a seller of goods or services in the State of Missouri.

The Missouri Merchandising Practices Act is a valuable tool for several reasons.  First, the statute allows victims to bring a civil lawsuit against people or businesses that commit fraud.  Second, the law states that the victim of fraud can recover a civil monetary judgment, including punitive damages, against the person or business who has committed the fraud.

Third, the Missouri Merchandising Practices Act defines fraud in a broad manner in order to cover every type of fraudulent practice.  This is especially important because fraud takes many shapes, and fraudulent practices are always evolving.  Specifically, the Missouri Merchandising Practices Act prohibits the use of “deception, fraud, false pretense, false promise, misrepresentation, unfair practice or the concealment, suppression, or omission of any material fact in connection with the sale or advertisement of any merchandise in trade or commerce.”

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