Virginia Consumer Law

In Virginia, the mini-FTC act is the Virginia Consumer Protection Act.  Under this legislation, plaintiffs have a cause of action when a supplier misrepresents a product.  To sustain an action, the plaintiff must show actual harm due to the defendant’s conduct.  There is a statute of limitations for actions under the statute of two years.

            A successful plaintiff is entitled to actual damages or $500, whichever is greater, as a potential remedy for a violation.  Damages under the statute are not capped, and attorneys’ fees are recoverable when a party violates the statute.  Class actions are not permitted in Virginia.