University of Miami School of Law Course Description - Online System
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Spring 2018

Course Description
Consumer Deception is big business. According to the Office of The Florida Attorney General, its Consumer Protection Division resolved over 550 consumer protection investigations in the last four years, and generated over $10 billion in consumer recoveries in Florida, alone. Consumer Protection Laws are intended to prevent consumer injury in commercial transactions. This short course is designed to be an introduction to the vast field of consumer protection law and regulation in the United States. The course will provide the student with basic knowledge regarding: (1) federal and state consumer protection laws; (2) government enforcement actions; and (3) private rights of action. Students will learn the policy behind these laws, their enforcement and their limits. The course will utilize statutory text, legislative history, case law, and practical materials gathered from enforcement agencies such as the Bureau of Consumer Protection of the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and the Consumer Protection Division of the Florida Office of the Attorney General. The course will focus on recent topical cases and investigations that Students can relate to in order to illustrate how the law is interpreted and enforced. Examples include: JDI Dating, Limited (internet dating service used virtual (fake) “cupids” to communicate with prospective purchasers to deceive them into buying the dating service); AT&T Mobility (national cellular phone service provider charged with engaging in deceptive acts or practices in the advertising and sale of “unlimited” mobile data plans); and Norm Thompson Outfitters, Inc. (clothing marketer engaged in deceptive acts or practices, and the making of false advertisements, in the promotion and sale of garments containing caffeine and other ingredients impregnated in the fabric that it claimed would help people lose weight and take 2” off one’s hips, and 1” off one’s thighs. At the conclusion of the course, a student should be able to recognize consumer protection issues, draft a consumer protection complaint and be able to advise a client on how to avoid consumer protection problems.

Short Course Attendance Policy Due to the small number of meetings, attendance to all meetings/classes for short courses is mandatory. Students who miss more than one class session (80 minute) of a 1-credit short course are subject to administrative withdrawal and will have a W for the course on their transcripts.

Course Schedule
Offering Dates: 03-05-2018 - 03-23-2018  

Dates Day Time Room
03-05-2018 - 03-08-2018   MTWR  12:30 PM-1:50 PM A216B
03-19-2018 - 03-23-2018   MTWRF  12:30 PM-1:50 PM A216B

Course Frequency

Course Information

Credits: 1
Pass/Fail Option: No
Prerequisite: Helpful, but not required, if students have taken the Admin Law Course
Grading: Graded
Method of Evaluation: Grading will be short paper and class participation.
Graduation Requirements Fulfilled By Course:
Special Attributes:
Short Course
Special Restrictions:
Law Track(s): None
Bar Subject(s): None
Concentration(s): None
Course Book(s): TBD/None      
First Class Assignment(s): TBD/None



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