100.171(3)(a)6. 6. If receipt of the prize is subject to a restriction, a statement that a restriction applies, a description of the restriction and a statement containing the location in the notice where the restriction is described.
100.171(3)(a)7. 7. Any limitations on eligibility.
100.171(3)(b)1.1. The verifiable retail value and the statement of odds required in a written prize notice under par. (a) 2. and 3. shall be stated in immediate proximity to each listing of the prize in each place the prize appears on the written prize notice and shall be in the same size and boldness of type as the prize.
100.171(3)(b)2. 2. The statement of odds shall include, for each prize, the total number of prizes to be given away and the total number of written prize notices to be delivered. The number of prizes and written prize notices shall be stated in Arabic numerals. The statement of odds shall be in the following form: ".... (number of prizes) out of.... written prize notices".
100.171(3)(b)3. 3. The verifiable retail value shall be in the following form: "verifiable retail value: $....".
100.171(3)(c) (c) If an individual is required to pay shipping or handling fees or any other charges to obtain or use a prize, the following statement shall appear in immediate proximity to each listing of the prize in each place the prize appears in the written prize notice and shall be in not less than 10-point boldface type: "YOU MUST PAY $.... IN ORDER TO RECEIVE OR USE THIS ITEM."
100.171(3)(d) (d) The information required in a written prize notice under par. (a) 4. shall be on the first page of the written prize notice in not less than 10-point boldface type. The information required under par. (a) 6. and 7. shall be in not less than 10-point boldface type.
100.171(3)(e) (e) If a written prize notice is given by a solicitor on behalf of a sponsor, the name of the sponsor shall be more prominently and conspicuously displayed than the name of the promoter.
100.171(3)(f) (f) A solicitor or sponsor may not do any of the following:
100.171(3)(f)1. 1. Place on an envelope containing a written prize notice any representation that the person to whom the envelope is addressed has been selected or may be eligible to receive a prize.
100.171(3)(f)2. 2. Deliver a written prize notice that contains language, or is designed in a manner, that would lead a reasonable person to believe that it originates from a government agency, public utility, insurance company, consumer reporting agency, debt collector or law firm unless the written prize notice originates from that source.
100.171(3)(f)3. 3. Represent directly or by implication that the number of individuals eligible for the prize is limited or that an individual has been selected to receive a particular prize unless the representation is true.
100.171(4) (4)Sales presentations. If a prize notice requires or invites an individual to view, hear or attend a sales presentation in order to claim a prize, the sales presentation may not begin until the solicitor does all of the following:
100.171(4)(a) (a) Informs the individual of the prize, if any, that has been awarded to the individual.
100.171(4)(b) (b) If the individual has been awarded a prize, delivers to the individual the prize or the item selected by the individual under sub. (5) if the prize is not available.
100.171(5) (5)Prize award required; options if prize not available.
100.171(5)(a)(a) A solicitor who represents to an individual in a written prize notice that the individual has been awarded a prize shall provide the prize to the individual unless the prize is not available. If the prize is not available, the solicitor shall provide the individual with any one of the following items selected by the individual:
100.171(5)(a)1. 1. Any other prize listed in the written prize notice that is available and that is of equal or greater value.
100.171(5)(a)2. 2. The verifiable retail value of the prize in the form of cash, a money order or a certified check.
100.171(5)(a)3. 3. A voucher, certificate or other evidence of obligation stating that the prize will be shipped to the individual within 30 days at no cost to the individual.
100.171(5)(b) (b) If a voucher, certificate or other evidence of obligation delivered under par. (a) 3. is not honored within 30 days, the solicitor shall deliver to the individual the verifiable retail value of the prize in the form of cash, a money order or a certified check. The sponsor shall make the payment to the individual if the solicitor fails to do so.
100.171(6) (6)Compliance with other laws. Nothing in this section shall be construed to permit an activity prohibited by s. 945.02 (3).
100.171(7) (7)Penalties.
100.171(7)(a)(a) Whoever violates this section may be required to forfeit not less than $100 nor more than $5,000 for each violation.
100.171(7)(b) (b) Whoever intentionally violates this section is guilty of a Class I felony. A person intentionally violates this section if the violation occurs after the department or a district attorney has notified the person by certified mail that the person is in violation of this section.
100.171(8) (8)Enforcement. The department shall investigate violations of this section. The department or any district attorney may on behalf of the state:
100.171(8)(a) (a) Bring an action for temporary or permanent injunctive or other relief in any court of competent jurisdiction for any violation of this section. The court may, upon entry of final judgment, award restitution when appropriate to any person suffering loss because of a violation of this section if proof of such loss is submitted to the satisfaction of the court.
100.171(8)(b) (b) Bring an action in any court of competent jurisdiction for the penalties authorized under sub. (7).
100.171(9) (9)Private action. In addition to any other remedies, a person suffering pecuniary loss because of a violation by another person of this section may bring an action in any court of competent jurisdiction and shall recover all of the following:
100.171(9)(a) (a) The greater of $500 or twice the amount of the pecuniary loss.
100.171(9)(b) (b) Costs and reasonable attorney fees, notwithstanding s. 814.04.
100.171 History History: 1991 a. 269, 315; 1995 a. 27; 1997 a. 111 s. 28; Stats. 1997 s. 100.171; 1997 a. 283; 2001 a. 109.
100.173 100.173 Ticket refunds.
100.173(1)(1) In this section:
100.173(1)(a) (a) "Originally scheduled date" means the date on which an entertainment or sporting event is scheduled to be held when a ticket for the event is purchased from the promoter of the event or the promoter's agent.
100.173(1)(b) (b) "Promoter" means a person who arranges, publicly promotes and causes the public offering for sale of tickets to an entertainment or sporting event. "Promoter" does not include a person whose only financial interest in an entertainment or sporting event is as a ticket seller or as the recipient of rental income for the site of the event.
100.173(1)(c) (c) "Sporting event" does not include a competitive sports activity between school teams or between teams that belong to an established sports league.
100.173(2) (2)
100.173(2)(a)(a) Except as provided in pars. (b), (c) and (d), every promoter of an entertainment or sporting event that is not held on the originally scheduled date shall refund to any person who purchased a ticket for the event from the promoter or the promoter's agent for that date the amount paid for the ticket, minus handling and service charges not exceeding $5 or 20% of the amount paid for the ticket, whichever is less, if any of the following applies:
100.173(2)(a)1. 1. The purchaser presents the ticket for an event that is canceled to the promoter or the promoter's agent no later than 90 days after the event is canceled.
100.173(2)(a)2. 2. The purchaser presents the ticket for an event that is rescheduled, or that the promoter represents to the public is being rescheduled, to the promoter or the promoter's agent no later than 30 days after the originally scheduled date.
100.173(2)(b) (b) Notwithstanding par. (a), and except as provided in par. (c), if the promoter of an entertainment or sporting event that is not held on the originally scheduled date is an organization described in section 501 (c) (3) of the internal revenue code that is exempt from federal income tax under section 501 (a) of the internal revenue code, the promoter shall be required to refund only that portion of the ticket price that the promoter attributes to the admission price of the event, minus handling and service charges not exceeding $5 or 20% of that portion of the ticket price, whichever is less, if all of the following apply:
100.173(2)(b)1. 1. The ticket states the portion of the ticket price that the promoter attributes to the admission price of the event and the portion of the ticket price that the promoter attributes to a donation.
100.173(2)(b)2. 2. The ticket states that the law applicable to ticket refunds applies only to the portion of the ticket price that the promoter attributes to the admission price of the event.
100.173(2)(c) (c) No promoter of an entertainment or sporting event who is required to give a ticket refund under this section may deduct service and handling charges from the amount paid for that ticket unless the ticket states, or the promoter informs the purchaser at the time of the ticket sale of, the amount that the promoter may deduct under par. (a) or (b) for handling and service charges.
100.173(2)(cm) (cm) Nothing in this subsection requires a promoter or promoter's agent to refund any amount paid by a purchaser for a service provided by the promoter or promoter's agent that is not included in the price of a ticket for an entertainment or sporting event, if the promoter or promoter's agent informs the purchaser when the service is purchased that the amount paid for the service is nonrefundable.
100.173(2)(d) (d) This subsection does not apply to any promoter of an entertainment or sporting event that is not held on the originally scheduled date because of inclement weather.
100.173(3) (3) Every promoter who is required to furnish a refund under sub. (2) shall furnish the refund to the purchaser no later than 60 days after presentation of the ticket by the purchaser to the promoter.
100.173(4) (4) The department shall investigate violations of this section. The department, or any district attorney upon informing the department, may, on behalf of the state, do any of the following:
100.173(4)(a) (a) Bring an action for temporary or permanent injunctive relief in any court of competent jurisdiction for any violation of this section. The relief sought by the department or district attorney may include the payment by a promoter into an escrow account of an amount estimated to be sufficient to pay for ticket refunds. The court may, upon entry of final judgment, award restitution when appropriate to any person suffering loss because of violations of this section if proof of such loss is submitted to the satisfaction of the court.
100.173(4)(b) (b) Bring an action in any court of competent jurisdiction for the recovery of a civil forfeiture against any person who violates this section in an amount not less than $50 nor more than $200 for each violation.
100.173 History History: 1991 a. 121; 1995 a. 27; 1997 a. 111 s. 8; Stats. 1997 s. 100.173.
100.174 100.174 Mail-order sales regulated.
100.174(1) (1) In this section:
100.174(1)(a) (a) "Buyer" means an individual who:
100.174(1)(a)1. 1. Is a resident of this state; and
100.174(1)(a)2. 2. While located in this state, receives a solicitation and orders goods from a seller for personal, family or household purposes.
100.174(1)(b) (b) "Delivery period" means the time period clearly disclosed to the buyer in the solicitation for a mail order within which the ordered goods are to be shipped or, if there is no such disclosure, 30 days after the date of payment for the ordered goods.
100.174(1)(c) (c) "Extended delivery period" means the extended period authorized under sub. (3).
100.174(1)(d) (d) "Mail order" means an order of goods by a buyer which the seller solicits and receives payment for without any face-to-face contact between the buyer and the seller.
100.174(1)(e) (e) "Payment" means:
100.174(1)(e)1. 1. Receipt by the seller of full or partial payment in the form of cash, check, money order or the like for a mail order; or
100.174(1)(e)2. 2. In a credit sale, the receipt by the seller of the information and authorization necessary to process the credit sale.
100.174(1)(f) (f) "Seller" means a person who engages in mail-order solicitations, and includes representatives, employees or agents of a seller, however designated by the seller.
100.174(1)(g) (g) "Shipped" and "shipping" mean:
100.174(1)(g)1. 1. Delivery to the buyer or the buyer's designee;
100.174(1)(g)2. 2. Delivery to a 3rd-party carrier for delivery to the buyer or the buyer's designee; or
100.174(1)(g)3. 3. Delivery to a place clearly disclosed in the solicitation along with notice to the buyer or the buyer's designee of the arrival of the goods.
100.174(2) (2) It is unlawful for a mail-order seller who receives payment from a buyer to permit the delivery period or extended delivery period, if any to elapse without complying with one of the following:
100.174(2)(a) (a) Shipping the ordered goods.
100.174(2)(b) (b) Mailing a full refund to the buyer and nullifying any financial obligation incurred by the buyer for any ordered goods not shipped during the delivery period or extended delivery period, if any. The refund and nullification shall be made within a reasonable time after the seller becomes aware that the goods cannot be shipped within the delivery period or extended delivery period, if any, but not later than the end of the delivery period or extended delivery period, if any.
100.174(2)(c) (c) Mailing the buyer notice as provided by subs. (3) and (4) during the delivery period and shipping the goods or making a full refund to and nullifying any obligation of the buyer for goods not shipped within the extended delivery period. The seller shall promptly make a full refund to and nullify any financial obligation of the buyer for goods not shipped if the seller receives a written cancellation request from the buyer during the extended delivery period.
100.174(3) (3) If the seller mails a notice which complies with sub. (4) to the buyer during the delivery period the delivery period may be extended to:
100.174(3)(a) (a) The date specified by the seller in the notice but not later than 30 days after the expiration of the delivery period; or
100.174(3)(b) (b) A later date authorized by the buyer in a written statement received by the seller within 30 days after the expiration of the delivery period and prior to cancellation under sub. (2).
100.174(4) (4) The notice required by sub. (3) shall clearly and conspicuously inform the buyer:
100.174(4)(a) (a) Of the specific date by which the goods will be shipped or that the shipping date is unknown.
100.174(4)(b) (b) That if the seller, prior to shipping the goods, receives a written statement from the buyer requesting cancellation of the mail order the mail order will be canceled and the seller will promptly make a full refund to and nullify any financial obligation of the buyer for goods not shipped.
100.174(4)(c) (c) That if the goods are not shipped by the date specified in the notice the mail order will be canceled and the seller will make a full refund to and nullify any financial obligation of the buyer for goods not shipped.
100.174(4)(d) (d) That the delivery period may not be extended beyond 30 days unless, within 30 days after the expiration of the delivery period and prior to the cancellation of the mail order under sub. (2), the seller receives written authorization from the buyer extending the delivery period to a specific later date.
100.174(5) (5) The department or any district attorney may on behalf of the state:
100.174(5)(a) (a) Bring an action for temporary or permanent injunctive or other relief in any circuit court for any violation of this section. The court may, in its discretion, make any order or judgment necessary to restore to any person any pecuniary loss suffered because of a violation of this section, if proof of the loss is submitted to the satisfaction of the court.
100.174(5)(b) (b) Bring an action in any circuit court for the recovery of a civil forfeiture against any person who violates this section in an amount of not less than $100 nor more than $1,000 for each violation.
100.174(6) (6) The department shall investigate violations of and enforce this section.
100.174(7) (7) In addition to any other remedies provided by law, any person suffering a pecuniary loss because of a violation of this section may bring a civil action in any circuit court to recover twice the amount of the pecuniary loss, together with costs and disbursements, including reasonable attorney fees, and for equitable relief as determined by the court.
100.174(8) (8) Any waiver by a buyer of the rights provided by this section is void.
100.174 History History: 1979 c. 62; 1995 a. 27; 1997 a. 111 s. 29; Stats. 1997 s. 100.174; 2005 a. 253.
100.175 100.175 Dating service contracts.
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2011-12 Wisconsin Statutes updated through 2013 Wis. Act 380 and all Supreme Court Orders entered before Dec. 13, 2014. Published and certified under s. 35.18. Changes effective after Dec. 13, 2014 are designated by NOTES. (Published 12-13-14)