Once an FTC lawsuit or settlement is final and the defendants have paid the money the court orders, the Bureau’s Office of Claims and Refunds develops a plan for returning that money to the right people. If there is money left over at the conclusion of the refund program, or if there is not enough money to provide meaningful refund amounts, then the FTC sends the money to the U.S. Treasury, where it is deposited into the General Fund. Learn more about the refund process.
Data on FTC refunds are available in interactive online dashboards. Users can explore refund data by case or by year to learn about where refunds were sent, the dollar amounts refunded, and the number of people who benefited from FTC refund programs.
With the release of our new interactive dashboards, the FTC will report refund numbers on a calendar-year basis. The infographic below covers the 18-month period between our last annual report and the end of calendar year 2019.