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.
100.175(1) (1) In this section, "dating service" means a service that purports to assist a person in obtaining friendship or companionship through a program in which a person is provided an opportunity to meet other persons.
100.175(2) (2) The seller of dating services shall give the buyer a copy of the written contract at the time that the buyer signs the contract.
100.175(3) (3) Every contract for a dating service shall contain all of the following:
100.175(3)(a) (a) A caption printed in boldface, uppercase type of not less than 10-point size entitled "CANCELLATION AND REFUNDS".
100.175(3)(b) (b) A provision under the caption stating: "Right to Cancel. You are permitted to cancel this contract until midnight of the 3rd day after the date on which you signed the contract. If within this time period you decide you want to cancel this contract, you may do so by notifying.... (the seller) by any writing mailed or delivered to.... (the seller) at the address shown on the contract, within the previously described time period. If you do so cancel, any payments made by you will be refunded within 21 days after notice of cancellation is delivered, and any evidence of any indebtedness executed by you will be canceled by.... (the seller) and arrangements will be made to relieve you of any further obligation to pay the same."
100.175(4) (4) Every contract for dating services shall be for a specified length of time not exceeding 2 years and shall clearly disclose the full price of the buyer's contractual obligation including any interest or other charges.
100.175(5) (5)
100.175(5)(a)(a) No person may collect or by contract require a buyer to pay more than $100 for dating services before the buyer receives or has the opportunity to receive those services unless the person selling dating services establishes proof of financial responsibility by maintaining any of the following commitments approved by the department in an amount not less than $25,000:
100.175(5)(a)1. 1. A bond.
100.175(5)(a)2. 2. A certificate of deposit.
100.175(5)(a)3. 3. An established escrow account.
100.175(5)(a)4. 4. An irrevocable letter of credit.
100.175(5)(b) (b) The commitment described in par. (a) shall be established in favor of or made payable to the state, for the benefit of any buyer who does not receive a refund under the contractual provision described in sub. (3). The person selling dating services shall file with the department any agreement, instrument or other document necessary to enforce the commitment against the person selling dating services or any relevant 3rd party, or both.
100.175(6) (6) Any contract for a dating service is unenforceable against the buyer and is a violation of this section if the contract does not comply with the requirements of this section or the seller fails to perform in accordance with the contractual provisions required under this section.
100.175(7) (7)
100.175(7)(a)(a) The department or any district attorney may on behalf of the state:
100.175(7)(a)1. 1. 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 in its discretion, 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.
100.175(7)(a)2. 2. Bring an action in any court of competent jurisdiction for the recovery of civil forfeitures against any person who violates this section in an amount not less than $100 nor more than $10,000 for each violation.
100.175(7)(b) (b) The department may bring an action in circuit court to recover on a financial commitment maintained under sub. (5) against a person selling dating services or relevant 3rd party, or both, on behalf of any buyer who does not receive a refund due under the contractual provision described in sub. (3).
100.175(7)(c) (c) Any person injured by a breach of a contract for dating services may bring a civil action to recover damages together with costs and disbursements, including reasonable attorney fees, and such other equitable relief as may be determined by the court.
100.175 History History: 1993 a. 390; 1995 a. 27; 1997 a. 111 s. 25; Stats. 1997 s. 100.175.
100.177 100.177 Fitness center and weight reduction center contracts.
100.177(1)(1) In this section:
100.177(1)(ag) (ag) "Center" means a fitness center or a weight reduction center.
100.177(1)(am) (am) "Conspicuous" has the meaning designated under s. 421.301 (8).
100.177(1)(b) (b) "Contract for center services" or "contract" means any of the following:
100.177(1)(b)1. 1. A contract for membership in any center.
100.177(1)(b)2. 2. A contract for instruction, training, assistance or use of facilities primarily for physical exercise, in weight control, or in figure development.
100.177(1)(b)3. 3. A contract for instruction, supervision or counseling for diet or weight loss or maintenance.
100.177(1)(c) (c) "Fitness center" means an establishment that, for profit, provides as its primary purpose services or facilities that are purported to assist patrons in physical exercise, in weight control, or in figure development, including but not limited to a fitness center, studio, salon or club. "Fitness center" does not include an organization solely offering training or facilities in an individual sport or a weight reduction center.
100.177(1)(d) (d) "Operating day" means any calendar day on which the buyer may inspect and use the facilities and services of the center during a period of at least 8 hours.
100.177(1)(e) (e) "Weight reduction center" means an establishment that provides as its primary purpose instruction, supervision or counseling for diet or weight loss or maintenance, if physical exercise services are not provided on the premises.
100.177(2) (2) The seller shall give the buyer a copy of the written contract at the time the buyer signs the contract.
100.177(3) (3) Every contract for center services shall clearly and conspicuously disclose the identity and location of the center facilities available to the buyer. The contract shall disclose the general nature of each major facility and service that will be available including any conditions or restrictions on their use. The disclosures under this subsection may be made on a separate sheet provided to the buyer at the time the buyer signs the contract. If a facility or service is replaced by an equal or superior facility or service, the center is deemed in compliance with this subsection.
100.177(4) (4) Every contract for fitness center services shall provide that performance of all of the agreed upon facilities and services will be available for the buyer's use on a specified date no later than 6 months after the date the contract is signed by the buyer.
100.177(5) (5) Every contract for fitness center services shall be for a specified length of time not exceeding 2 years and shall clearly disclose the full price of the buyer's contractual obligation including any interest or other charges.
100.177(5m) (5m) Every contract for weight reduction center services shall be for a specified length of time not exceeding 2 years exclusive of any weight maintenance program. If the contract for weight reduction center services includes a weight maintenance program, the contract for weight reduction center services shall be for a specified length of time not exceeding 3 years. The contract for weight reduction center services shall clearly disclose the full price of the buyer's contractual obligation including any interest or other charges.
100.177(6) (6) Every contract for fitness center service shall contain:
100.177(6)(a) (a) A caption printed in boldface uppercase type of not less than 10-point size entitled "CANCELLATION AND REFUNDS".
100.177(6)(b) (b) A provision under the caption stating: "Right to Cancel. You are permitted to cancel this contract until midnight of the 3rd operating day after the date on which you signed the contract. If the facilities or services that are described in the contract are not available at the time you sign the contract, you have until midnight of the 3rd operating day after the day on which you received notice of their availability, to cancel the contract. If within this time period you decide you want to cancel this contract, you may do so by notifying .... (the seller) by any writing mailed or delivered to .... (the seller) at the address shown on the contract, within the previously described time period. If you do so cancel, any payments made by you, less a user fee of no more than $3 per day of actual use, will be refunded within 21 days after notice of cancellation is delivered, and any evidence of any indebtedness executed by you will be canceled by .... (the seller) and arrangements will be made to relieve you of any further obligation to pay the same."
100.177(6m) (6m) Every contract for weight reduction center service shall contain:
100.177(6m)(a) (a) A caption printed in boldface uppercase type of not less than 10-point size entitled "CANCELLATION AND REFUNDS".
100.177(6m)(b) (b) A provision under the caption stating: "Right to Cancel. You are permitted to cancel this contract until midnight of the 3rd operating day after the date on which you signed the contract. If the facilities or services that are described in the contract are not available at the time you sign the contract, you have until midnight of the 3rd operating day after the day on which you received notice of their availability, to cancel the contract. If within this time period you decide you want to cancel this contract, you may do so by notifying.... (the seller) by any writing mailed or delivered to.... (the seller) at the address shown on the contract, within the previously described time period. If you do so cancel, any payments made by you, less the value of services already provided to you, will be refunded within 21 days after notice of cancellation is delivered, and any evidence of any indebtedness executed by you will be canceled by.... (the seller) and arrangements will be made to relieve you of any further obligation to pay the same."
100.177(7) (7) If, at the time of execution of the center services contract, the facilities and services described in the contract are available for the buyer's use, the contract may include the written notice that the facilities and services are available as required by subs. (6) and (6m).
100.177(8) (8) No contract may require the buyer to pay more than $25 or 10% of the total contract price, whichever is less, prior to the date on which the customer receives written notice that the facilities and services described in the contract are available for full use by the buyer.
100.177(9) (9) No contract for fitness center services may require a buyer who exercises the contractual right to cancel to pay more than a $3 user fee per day of actual use of facilities and services by the buyer during the cancellation period. No contract for weight reduction center services may require a buyer who exercises the contractual right to cancel to pay more than the value of services provided before cancellation.
100.177(10) (10) Any right of action or defense arising out of a contract for center services that the buyer has against the seller is preserved against any assignee of or successor to the contract.
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2011-12 Wisconsin Statutes updated through 2013 Wis. Act 380 and all Supreme Court Orders entered before Oct. 4, 2014. Published and certified under s. 35.18. Changes effective after Oct. 4, 2014 are designated by NOTES. (Published 10-4-14)