SB 751 Consumer Protection Act; civil penalties.
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Summary:
Virginia Consumer Protection Act (VCPA); public investigation and enforcement; private actions. Expands the public investigation and enforcement authority of the Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, the Office of the Attorney General, Commonwealth's attorneys, and county, city, and town attorneys. The bill also (i) increases the maximum civil penalty for engaging in a prohibited practice under the Act from $1,000 to $2,500 per violation and increases from $200 to $1,000 the maximum recovery for expenses incurred by the state or local agency investigating such violation; (ii) increases the minimum damage award in successful individual actions from $100 to $500; and, for finding willful violations, authorizes an award of three times the actual damages or $1,000, whichever is greater, and requires an award of attorney's fees and court costs; and (iii) establishes a two-year statute of limitations for individual actions. The bill also contains technical amendments.

Full text:
01/13/95  Senate: Presented & ordered printed LD3618480  pdf
02/02/95  Senate: Committee substitute printed LD3681701-S1  pdf

Status:
01/13/95  Senate: Presented & ordered printed LD3618480
01/13/95  Senate: Referred to Committee on General Laws
02/01/95  Senate: Reported from General Laws with sub. (14-Y 0-N)
02/02/95  Senate: Committee substitute printed LD3681701-S1
02/02/95  Senate: Constitutional reading dispensed (39-Y 0-N)
02/02/95  Senate: VOTE: CONST. READING DISPENSED (39-Y 0-N)
02/02/95  Senate: Passed by for the day
02/02/95  Senate: Reconsideration of passed by for the day (39-Y 0-N)
02/02/95  Senate: VOTE: RECONSIDER (39-Y 0-N)
02/02/95  Senate: Passed by for the day
02/03/95  Senate: Read second time
02/03/95  Senate: Reading of substitute waived
02/03/95  Senate: Committee substitute agreed to LD3681701-S1
02/03/95  Senate: Engrossed by Senate - comm. sub. LD3681701-S1
02/03/95  Senate: Constitutional reading dispensed (40-Y 0-N)
02/03/95  Senate: VOTE: CONST. READING DISPENSED (40-Y 0-N)
02/03/95  Senate: Passed Senate (40-Y 0-N)
02/03/95  Senate: VOTE: PASSAGE (40-Y 0-N)
02/03/95  Senate: Communicated to House
02/06/95  House: Placed on Calendar
02/07/95  House: Read first time
02/07/95  House: Referred to Committee on Corporations, Insurance and Banking
02/21/95  House: No action taken by Corporations, Insurance and Banking by voice vote