Retailers Support House Markup of Consumer Protection Bill

H.R. 5502 Protects Consumers, Retail Employees & Communities

The Retail Industry Leaders Association (RILA) issued the following statement as the House Committee on Energy & Commerce begins marking up the INFORM Consumers Act, legislation that would require online marketplaces to collect and verify basic business information from sellers, making it harder for retail theft rings and con artists to peddle stolen and counterfeit goods on leading e-commerce platforms.

“This markup couldn’t have come at a better time. As individuals and families get into the full swing of the holiday season, it’s vital they are able to shop online with confidence. No one should be worried that the gifts they are buying are unsafe or illegitimate,” said RILA Senior Executive Vice President, Public Affairs Michael Hanson.

“The INFORM Consumers Act would create better transparency and accountability for consumers shopping on e-commerce platforms. We thank the sponsors of the legislation, Reps. Jan Schakowsky (D-IL) and Gus Bilirakis (R-FL) for their commitment to protecting consumers, businesses, and the retailers in their communities. This is the right legislative solution to tackle a serious and growing problem and we encourage its swift passage.”
RILA is the US trade association for leading retailers. We convene decision-makers, advocate for the industry, and promote operational excellence and innovation. Our aim is to elevate a dynamic industry by transforming the environment in which retailers operate.

RILA members include more than 200 retailers, product manufacturers, and service suppliers, which together account for more than $1.5 trillion in annual sales, millions of American jobs, and more than 100,000 stores, manufacturing facilities, and distribution centers domestically and abroad.
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  • Organized Retail Crime
  • Keeping Communities Safe

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