North Carolina Deceptive Trade Practices Laws
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State business laws prohibit practices considered "deceptive" to consumers. These banned actions include rolling back the odometer on a used car or using false advertising to sell a product. Unlike many other states, North Carolina does not adhere to the Uniform Deceptive Trade Practices Act. North Carolina does, however, have deceptive trade practice laws that prohibit certain activities. These laws often allow consumers to file lawsuits in addition to the state's attorney general.
The basic provisions of North Carolina's deceptive trade practice laws are listed in the following chart. You can also check out the links at the end of the article for additional resources and articles.
Uniform Deceptive Trade Practices Act Adopted
North Carolina has not adopted the Uniform Deceptive Trade Practices Act. Only twenty states have adopted the Act.
Applicable Code Section
North Carolina General Statutes Chapter 75: Monopolies, Trusts and Consumer Protection.
Section 75-1.1 prohibits the following activities:
Under that law, commerce includes all business activities except professional services provided by a member of a trained profession.
|Who May Bring Suit
|An injured consumer may file a civil lawsuit against a violator and the State Attorney General may file a civil prosecution.
The remedies imposed by a court depend on the unique facts and circumstances of the case but may include the following:
Other Prohibited Behavior
Tampering with a car odometer (North Carolina General Statutes section 20-343)
If you believe you have been the victim of deceptive business practice, you may want contact a North Carolina consumer protection attorney to file a claim with the Attorney General and receive legal advice about filing a civil lawsuit.
Research the Law
- North Carolina Law
- Official State Codes - Links to the official online statutes (laws) in all 50 states and DC.
North Carolina Deceptive Trade Practices Laws: Related Resources
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