A BILL TO BE ENTITLED AN ACT TO REGULATE WHEN PERSONS, FIRMS, AND CORPORATIONS ENGAGED IN COMMERCE MAY REPRESENT THAT OFFERED GOODS, PROPERTY, OR SERVICES ARE FREE OR WITHOUT COST.
Enacts new GS 75-43, Offering of free goods, products, and services, stating that no person, firm, or company, in connection with the sale or lease or solicitation for the sale or lease of any goods, property, or service, can represent that the same are free or otherwise without cost unless all of the following are true:
(1) The person who receives the goods, property, or service will have no financial obligation, including no obligation to pay for shipping, restocking, or continued receipt.
(2) The person, firm, or company providing the goods, property, or service does not obtain credit card or debit card information or any other information for the means of charging the recipient.
(3) The recipient of goods, property, or service is not required to take any affirmative steps to cancel or otherwise stop future receipt.
Violation of Article 1 will be considered an unfair and deceptive trade practice under GS 75-1.1.
Effective October 1, 2013.
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