The District of Columbia Consumer Protection Act is intended to assure that there is a remedy for any and all improper trade practices and deter them from continuing to take place. The District of Columbia seeks to promote effective enforcement of fair business practices throughout the community and to educate consumers to demand high standards and to seek proper redress of grievances. Accordingly, the District of Columbia law itself states that they are encouraging citizens of the District of Columbia, or individuals who do business in the District of Columbia, to demand high standards, and if they do not get it, to seek a remedy under the District of Columbia Consumer Protection Act. Moreover, the District of Columbia Consumer Protection Act states that it is to be construed "liberally" to promote the purposes of the Act, which were explained in the beginning of this paragraph. Accordingly, the District of Columbia Consumer Protection Act encourages people "when in doubt", assume that the District of Columbia Consumer Protection Act applies because its application is to be liberally construed.
That means that all of the terms defined are intended to be broadly interpreted in order to provide the greatest relief possible in order to uphold the stated purpose of the Act - to encourage consumers to demand "high standard" and to seek a remedy for any failure of the merchant to live up to the applicable standards.
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By Ira Sherman