Are you a finance company, retailer (such as an auto dealer, furniture or department store), or a credit union that offers consumer credit contracts? If you so, you fall into the category of a creditor that is subject to the jurisdiction of the FTC (Federal Trade Commission) and therefore you must comply with the Credit Practices Trade Regulation Rule.
What Transactions Are Covered?
The Rule covers all consumer credit transactions, except those involving the purchase of real estate.
The Federal Trade Commission can sue violators of the Credit Practices Rule in federal court. The court can impose civil penalties of up to $16,000 for each violation and can issue an order prohibiting further violations.
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