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Florida Deceptive Trade Practices Laws

When manufacturers or retailers make false claims, spread disinformation, or use other misleading tactics to entice sales, they are engaging in one or more deceptive trade practices. Examples include the tampering of odometers by car dealers and making wildly inaccurate claims about a given product. Florida's deceptive trade practices law adheres to the Uniform Deceptive Trade Practices Act and allows both the enforcing authority for a specific industry and consumers to file suit.

Learn more about Florida deceptive trade practices law in the following table. See FindLaw's Consumer Protection section for related articles and resources.

Uniform Deceptive Trade Practices Act Adopted No (§§501.201, et seq.) Florida Deceptive & Unfair Trade Practices Act
False Advertising Forbidden Yes
Who May Bring Suit Enforcing authority for specific industry; consumer in private action §501.203
Remedies Available False advertising: 2nd degree misdemeanor (§817.45); food: 2nd degree misdemeanor (§500.177); actual damages if in bad faith; injunction; declaratory judgment that act is violation (§501.207). Damages vary based on industry where deceptive trade practice is used. Generally false advertising is a 2nd degree misdemeanor; willful unfair trade practices in any industry may result in up to $10,000 civil penalty for each violation; reasonable attorney's fees and costs (§501.2075)
Auto Odometer Tampering Forbidden Yes; 3rd degree felony (§319.35)

Note: State laws are constantly changing -- contact a Florida consumer protection attorney or conduct your own legal research to verify the state law(s) you are researching.

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