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When can sales promotions be perceived as deceptive?

You were likely tempted by numerous sales this winter holiday season that just wrapped up. While you may be good at deciding between wants versus needs, there are plenty of other individuals that haven't yet mastered making such decisions. Many advertisers invest significant time and resources in trying to figure out what language they can use in marketing materials to get you to make a purchase. This often results in them engaging in deceptive advertising techniques.

Minnesota's attorney general sues Juul for deceptive advertising

Minnesota's attorney general (AG) filed a lawsuit against the maker of the e-cigarette Juul in Hennepin County District Court on Dec. 4. The head attorney for the state argued that the company engaged in negligence, deceptive advertising and consumer fraud in marketing its product to young users.

A Burnsville man is sentenced to 4.5 years in prison for fraud

A 42-year-old Burnsville man was sentenced to 4.5 years in federal prison by a federal judge in Wisconsin earlier this week. The Minnesota resident had been convicted of running a Ponzi scheme leading up to his sentencing. The U.S. Attorney's Office argued that the financial scheme that he devised allowed him to dupe unsuspecting elderly individuals out of $1.2 million over several years.

What are considered to be deceptive trade practices?

There are several laws on the books including the Minnesota Antitrust Law of 1971 and the Federal Uniform Deceptive Trade Practices Act that have made it illegal for individuals or retailers to employ sales tactics aimed at getting a buyer to make a purchase.

What is considered as false advertising?

'Tis the season for false advertising? That's right! Black Friday is right around the corner. Year-end car sales will start being advertised on television, the radio, online and in the newspaper soon as well. The holiday season is just one time during the year during which consumers are vulnerable to falling victim to false advertising.

What laws exist to protect consumers in Minnesota?

There are various consumer laws in place here in Minnesota that aim to protect state residents from companies that look to create monopolies. There is also legislation on the books that protect Minnesotans from falling victim to deceptive business owners. Other laws provide consumers with a clear path for taking legal action against any negligent parties that offer a service or manufacture a product that causes them harm as well.

The Federal Trade Commission sues Match.com for fraud

The dating app company Match.com was sued for fraud earlier this week by the Federal Trade Commission (FTC). The company, which owns several other popular relationships apps such as Tindr, PlentyofFish, Hinge and OkCupid is accused of having defrauded its users into believing that they were communicating with others looking for romance. They were communicating with bots instead.

Travel and leisure fraud

Traveling and partaking in leisure activities can be some of the most enjoyable experiences of your life. But if you're not careful of what you're doing, you could end up the victim of many forms of fraud.

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