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Consumer Protection

This guide provides an overview of important Texas and federal laws designed to protect consumers from deceptive trade practices.

Research from Home

If you have a library account in good standing, you can check out an OverDrive e-book title or access our remote databases. Don't have a library account? Texas residents can register for a library account from home! Learn more about how to register from home.

Below are some electronic resources that may help you with your research on consumer protection.

Resources at the Texas State Law Library

Below are some of the library resources that can provide further guidance on this topic. The Texas State Law Library has many other resources in addition to the highlights we present below. Please call us at (512) 463-1722 if you have any questions about these materials.

Chapter 1 of this book provides an overview of consumer protection issues such as deception, false advertising, unfair practices, and privacy.

Consumer Protection

This guide was created to assist consumers with researching various consumer protection issues, including how to file a consumer complaint. There are consumer protection laws at both the state and the federal level; you can find information about both on this page. 

The "General Information tab lists relevant laws, links to websites from different state and federal agencies that discuss consumer protection laws in "plain English," and information on filing complaints. The "Practice Aids" tab provides a list of Texas State Law Library resources that may be useful to practitioners working on consumer protection issues.

Texas and Federal Law

Below you will find references to areas of the Texas Business and Commerce Code and federal law that govern consumer protection and issues related to deceptive trade practices. If you find these statutes difficult to understand, you may want to look at the "plain English" resources on this page or speak to an attorney.

Explained in "Plain English"

Because Texas and federal law may not be easy to understand, below you'll find a collection of government resources that help to explain the law in "plain English."

Texas-Specific Consumer Protection Information

These resources also provide "plain English" information on the Texas laws which protect consumers.

Consumer Protection and Federal Law

These resources also provide "plain English" information on the Federal laws which protect consumers.

Who can I contact?

It is possible to file a complaint against a company that violates state or federal law with numerous state agencies, federal agencies, or nonprofit groups.

Legal Research Guides from the Texas State Law Library

The Texas State Law Library reference librarians have compiled legal research guides for specific areas of the law. These guides contain resources that can help you research a legal issue. The American Association of Law Libraries has a guide for Non-Lawyers on How to Research a Legal Problem [PDF]. If you have any questions, please contact us at (512) 463-1722 or at


The information provided on this page has been prepared for general information purposes only and should not be construed as, nor substituted for, legal advice. It is strongly recommended that you contact an attorney for advice specific to your fact situation. Your local bar association or the State Bar of Texas Lawyer Referral Information Service (1-800-252-9690) can assist you with locating an attorney.

Some of the electronic resources we refer to in this guide may be in PDF format. Adobe Reader or similar software is required to view PDFs.