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It’s rare to see the Chamber of Commerce advocate in favor of more regulation, but in a new report released Tuesday, the powerful business lobby is urging the government to step in and regulate attorney advertising.

The report from the U.S. Chamber’s Institute for Legal Reform said television and internet advertisements by attorneys encouraging viewers to file lawsuits against prescription drug and medical device companies are on the rise. The Chamber called on the Federal Trade Commission and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to label the ads “unfair or deceptive” under the FTC Act. It’s the first time the Chamber has pushed for government oversight of the ads. The group claims they harm patients by dissuading them from taking prescribed medicines and treatments.

“While the purpose of such ads may be to inform injured people of their legal rights, misleading information frightens viewers into stopping their medications and may deter others from seeking treatment,” the report said.

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Cogan Schneier

Cogan Schneier is a Washington, D.C.-based litigation reporter covering D.C. courts, national litigation trends, the Justice Department and the federal judiciary. She is the author of Trump Watch, an email briefing that covers the Trump administration and its imprint on the law.

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