National Consumer Protection Week is March 3rd–9th

February 29, 2024


March 3rd – 9th is National Consumer Protection Week! Covering everything from debt collection to lemon laws, the library has many resources to help you learn about your rights as a consumer.  

Legal FAQs

Several of our frequently asked questions give a quick insight into some common consumer laws:

For the full list of questions and answers, see our FAQs on Consumer Protection.


The library has several research guides that address various aspects of consumer protection. Each guide features an overview of relevant laws, a list of library resources, and additional information. 

  • Our Consumer Protection guide discusses Texas and federal laws on deceptive trade practices, fraudulent advertising, credit reports, debt collection, payday loans, warranties, and more.
  • Our Privacy and Personal Information guide focuses on consumer privacy. It covers laws related to identity theft, electronic data, medical records, and telemarketing.
  • Our Small Claims Cases guide deals with filing cases in a small claims court. It may be of interest if you have a dispute of up to $20,000 with a merchant or a contractor and cannot resolve it peacefully.

For more guides related to consumer laws, see our Consumer Information subject guide. 


Our digital collection has many titles on Consumer Protection, from introductory readings to comprehensive manuals for practicing attorneys. Our e-books and databases may be accessed remotely with a free library account. Here are a few picks:

  • With its practical approach and easy-to-understand language, Richard M. Alderman’s Know Your Rights! is a patron favorite. It covers a wide variety of legal problems, including contracts, warranties, and landlord and tenant law. This title is also available in print.
  • For attorneys handling lawsuits under the Deceptive Trade Practices Act (DTPA), the Texas DTPA Forms & Practice Guide by James Publishing is a great resource with sample forms, checklists, and step-by-step guides.
  • The National Consumer Law Center (NCLC) database offers detailed treatment of subjects like foreclosure, mortgage lending, student loans, and automobile fraud, with a focus on federal law. Related forms are in the NCLC’s Consumer Law Pleadings database.

State Agencies

Federal Agencies

Other Organizations

As always, feel free to reach out to us if you need help finding additional information. We wish you a happy and safe National Consumer Protection Week! 

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