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Consumer Law:  

Federal and State Agencies

Federal laws and regulations for consumer protection are administered by different agencies. Each agency's website lists the federal laws and/or regulations the agency administers:

There are also South Carolina state agencies that administer state laws for consumer protection, and these agencies list the relevant areas on their websites:  

The SC Bar provides information on how to file a grievance against a lawyer.

South Carolina Legal Services information

South Carolina Legal Services has compiled information on the following consumer issues at
  • Banking Services
  • Bankruptcy
  • Cars and Vehicle Issues
  • Contracts and Warranties
  • Credit, Credit Reports
  • Debt Collection, Garnishment, Repossession
  • E-Commerce, Internet, and Telephone
  • Fraud and Unfair Sales Practices
  • Identity Theft: A Recovery Plan
  • Loans
  • Public Utilities: Gas, Electricity, Telephone
  • Student Loans

Online Classrooms

SC Small Claims Court

Consumer Complaints

National Consumer Law Center brochures

Materials available free online from the National Consumer Law Center:

Materials in the NCLC Digital Library, available in-person on computers in USC Law Library (hours):

Debtor Rights

  • Access to Utility Services
  • Consumer Bankruptcy Law and Practice
  • Fair Debt Collection
  • Repossessions
  • Student Loan Law

Mortgages & Foreclosures

  • Home Foreclosures
  • Mortgage Lending
  • Mortgage Servicing and Loan Modifications

Credit & Banking

  • Consumer Banking and Payments Law
  • Consumer Credit Regulation
  • Credit Discrimination
  • Fair Credit Reporting
  • Truth in Lending

Deception & Warranties

  • Automobile Fraud
  • Consumer Warranty Law
  • Federal Deception Law
  • Unfair and Deceptive Acts and Practices

Consumer Litigation

  • Collection Actions
  • Consumer Arbitration Agreements
  • Consumer Class Actions
  • Consumer Law Pleadings

For Consumers & Counselors

  • Surviving Debt

Litigation Tools

  • Instant Evidence

National Housing Law Project

  • HUD Housing Programs: Tenants’ Rights (The Green Book)

Books on Consumer Law

South Carolina Consumer Law

Elements of Civil Causes of Action explains what is needed to prove certain types of consumer cases in South Carolina courts, including:

Breach of Contract | Breach of Contract Accompanied by Fraudulent Act | Breach of Fiduciary Duty | Consumer Protection Code Violations | Fraud and Misrepresentation | Insurance Bad Faith | Legal Malpractice | Products Liability | Unfair Trade Practices Act Violations

Consumer Law Generally