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India Enacts New Consumer Protection Legislation

Insights / 21-07-2020 / India

India has enacted a new consumer protection law replacing the more than three decades old Consumer Protection Act, 1986. The New Consumer Protection Act, 2019 (‘Act’) came into force on 20 July 2020.

Some of the salient features of the Act are:

  1. setting up a Central Consumer Protection Authority;
  2. introducing a simplified dispute resolution process;
  3. procedure re e-filing of cases;
  4. specific rules for class action suits dealing with product liability;
  5. specific rules dealing with e-commerce and electronic retailers;
  6. strict penalties, including jail term.

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Piyush Gupta

Piyush Gupta Head of Aviation & Competition and India practices