Acting on Consumer Responsibilities
WebQuest

Since the 1930s, Congress has passed many laws to protect consumers from unsafe products and unfair or deceptive business practices. These laws help ensure that consumers get quality goods and services for their hard earned dollars. It is important for consumers to know and understand their rights and responsibilities. This project will enhance your knowledge as a consumer.

You will be required to choose an act from a list provided for you and research the act. You will need to describe the act in detail and explain why it was enacted and type this in a one-page paper. Then you will be asked to locate a court case involving the act and write a short case brief. You will then present this information to the class.


The Process
|| Below is a list of acts.
  • Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act of 1938
  • Wool Products Labeling Act of 1939
  • Flammable Fabrics Act of 1953
  • Poultry Products Inspection Act of 1957
  • Hazardous Substances Labeling Act of 1960
  • Kefauver-Harris Drug Amendment of 1962
  • Cigarette Labeling and Advertising Act of 1965
  • National Traffic and Motor Vehicle Safety Act of 1966
  • Child Protection and Toy Safety Act of 1966
  • Fair Packaging and Labeling Act of 1966
  • Permanent Care Labeling Rule of 1972
  • Toy Safety Act/Generic Drug Act (1984)
  • Children's Online Privacy Protection Act of 1998
You will be given one of these acts and research it. Some websites are listed for you below.

Official US Executive Branch Web Sites
First Gov
Governments on the WWW: United States of America
Findlaw.com
Law.com
Oyez
FDA

You are to complete the following tasks:
1. You will need to describe the act
2. Explain why it was enacted
3. Find one case involving the act
4. Explain the case in a case brief
5. Explain the roll the act played in the court case

Everything must be typed, double spaced, size 12 font. Watch spelling and grammar.

Your description (No. 1 & 2) of the act must be at least 2 paragraphs in length.



The Case Brief must include the following:
  • Name and date of the case
  • Parties involved
  • Summary of the case
  • Verdict
  • Reasoning
Each section must be clearly labeled. The case brief must be typed, double spaced, size 12 font. Watch spelling and grammar .

You will then present your findings to the rest of the class in a 2-3 minute presentation. Making a powerpoint will be your easiest solution.










Evaluation
5 = Superior, student included all vital information, answers were well thought out and plenty of details were provided
4 = Good, Student included most information, answers were thorough, but missing some detail
3 = Average, student included half of the information, answers were somewhat thorough and missing detail
2 = Below Average, student was missing most information, answers were incomplete
1 = Poor, Very little effort was given, missing most or all information

|| || || || || || || Comments
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Description of act and how it was enacted
5
4
3
2
1

Case Brief (Name and date of case, parties involved, summary of case, verdict, reasoning)
5
4
3
2
1

What role the act played in the court case
5
4
3
2
1

Spelling and grammar for documents
5
4
3
2
1

Two to three minute presentation
5
4
3
2
1

Total