Consumer Law is a relatively recent branch of law, as far as the history of the United States is concerned.
Tracing back to the early 1900s and the founding of the Food & Drug Administration, Consumer Law exists to protect the public and private consumers from false claims and advertising, as well as products that may be harmful to consumers.
This goes well beyond comestibles and pharmaceuticals – it branches out into everything from automobiles, to light bulbs, to even what companies can do with the information they obtain from their consumers.
At the beginning of the Consumer Law movement, products were being sold for consumption throughout the United States that contained high levels of mercury, lead, and even harmful drugs such as cocaine and opium.
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