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Constitutional Court Green-Lights Sernac Bill

Author:Mr Guillermo Carey, Aldo Molinari, Andrés Salas and María José Martabit

On July 5th, 2018, the Chilean Constitutional Court ruled on the official request from the President of the Republic asking the court to settle the controversy that arose when the General Comptroller of the Republic rejected the decree promulgating the proposed legislation that would reform the Chilean consumer protection bureau, SERNAC.

This bill, which modifies Law No. 19,496 Consumer Protection Act, was initially approved by the Congress on October 24th, 2017. In January of 2018, the bill was significantly altered by the Constitutional Court, in the context of its constitutionality exam.

After the constitutionality exam, the President, following standard legislative procedure, sent the bill to the General Comptroller of the Republic for approval, on March 20th. However, on April 27th, the Comptroller rejected the bill. According to the General Comptroller, the bill's text was not consistent with the Constitutional Court's ruling. Some of the provisions that were found to be unconstitutional remained in the bill, for...

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