Six Announces Consumer Protection Stats

(WIBW) Atty. Gen. Stephen Six is surrounded by his staff from the the Consumer Protection Division as he announces its accomplishments in 2008.

Kansans saved over a million dollars in 2008 thanks to the efforts of the state's Consumer Protection Division, according to numbers released by the Attorney general's office Tuesday.

The division also reached settlements on behalf f its residents totaling more than $4.5 million.

Atty. General Stephen Six announced these figures at his office surrounded by division members.

"I have taken significant steps to make sure consumers are protected from deceptive business practices," Six said. " We are vigorously enforcing consumer protection laws, implementing a new mediation program, and ensuring Kansas businesses can compete on a level playing field."

In all, Six said the Consumer Protection Division is responsible for $5,686,762 in savings and settlements in 2008, far more than it had in the five previous years.

He credit the increase to a change in focus, which he described as directed more toward consumer protection laws, educating consumers, and developing a balanced approach to working with Kansas businesses.

Other reforms which occurred during Six's first year include making the division entirely self-funded as well as steamlining expenses and enforcement costs.