Maine Consumer Law

In Maine,the mini-FTC act is the Maine – Unfair Trade Practices Act.  Under this legislation, plaintiffs have a cause of action when any person who sells or leases good, services or property, real or personal, primarily for personal, family or household purposes using unfair methods of competition and unfair or deceptive acts or practices in the conduct of any trade or commerce.  To sustain an action, the plaintiff must show actual harm due to the defendant’s conduct.  There is no statute of limitations for actions under the statute.

            A successful plaintiff is entitled to actual damages, restitution and for such other equitable relief, including an injunction, as the court determines to be necessary and proper as potential remedies for a violation.  Damages under the statute are not capped, and attorneys’ fees are recoverable if the court finds that there has been a violation of section 207.  Class actions are permitted under the statute.