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480.10(4) (4) The department shall promulgate rules establishing standards for public notice of examinations and for acceptable examination performance by an applicant for registration as an auctioneer.
480.10 History History: 1993 a. 102.
480.10 Cross-reference Cross-reference: See also chs. SPS 121 and 122, Wis. adm. code.
480.12 480.12 Reciprocity.
480.12(1)(1) Upon application and payment of the fee specified in s. 440.05 (2), the department shall register as an auctioneer an individual who holds an auctioneer certificate in another state if the department determines that the requirements for obtaining the certificate in the other state are substantially equivalent to the requirements under s. 480.08 (2).
480.12(2) (2) The department may enter into reciprocal agreements with officials of other states for registering auctioneers and issue certificates to applicants who are registered in those states according to the terms of the reciprocal agreements.
480.12 History History: 1993 a. 102.
480.14 480.14 Conduct of auctions.
480.14(1)(1) No auctioneer may conduct an auction unless the auctioneer or the auction company that is managing the auction has entered into a written contract with each owner or consignor of goods or real estate that may be sold at the auction. The contract shall specify the terms and conditions upon which the auctioneer or auction company accepts the goods or real estate for sale.
480.14(2) (2) An auctioneer shall comply with all reasonable requests of each owner or consignor of goods or real estate that may be sold at an auction that is conducted by the auctioneer and shall conduct the auction in a manner that ensures that the highest or most favorable offer for the goods or real estate is accepted.
480.14(3) (3) Unless otherwise provided by the terms of a contract described under sub. (1), within 30 days after the sale of goods or real estate at an auction, the auctioneer who conducts the auction shall do all of the following:
480.14(3)(a) (a) Provide to each owner or consignor of goods or real estate that was sold or attempted to be sold at the auction an accounting of all moneys due the owner or consignor.
480.14(3)(b) (b) Pay to each owner or consignor of goods or real estate that was sold at the auction all moneys due the owner or consignor.
480.14(4) (4) An auctioneer shall comply with all requirements for auctioneers under s. 402.328 and the rules promulgated under s. 402.328.
480.14 History History: 1993 a. 102; 2009 a. 110.
480.14 Cross-reference Cross-reference: See also chs. SPS 124, 125, and 127, Wis. adm. code.
480.16 480.16 Trust accounts. All downpayments, earnest money deposits or other trust funds received by an auctioneer or auction company on behalf of the auctioneer's or auction company's principal or any other person shall be deposited in a common trust account maintained by the auctioneer or auction company for that purpose in a bank, savings and loan association or credit union which is authorized to do business in this state and is designated by the auctioneer or auction company pending the consummation or termination of the transaction, except that the money may be paid to one of the parties pursuant to an agreement between the parties. The name of the bank, savings and loan association or credit union shall at all times be registered with the department, along with a letter authorizing the department to examine and audit the trust account when the department determines that an examination or audit of the trust account is necessary.
480.16 History History: 1993 a. 102.
480.16 Cross-reference Cross-reference: See also chs. SPS 125 and 127, Wis. adm. code.
480.18 480.18 Maintenance of records by auctioneers.
480.18(1)(1) Unless a longer period of retention is required under sub. (2), for at least 2 years after an auctioneer conducts an auction, the auctioneer shall maintain complete and accurate records of the auction, including the name and address of each owner or consignor of goods or real estate that was sold or attempted to be sold at the auction, a description of the goods or real estate that was sold or attempted to be sold at the auction, the originals or true copies of the contracts described in s. 480.14 (1) and accounts of all moneys received and disbursed at or as a result of the auction.
480.18(2) (2) An auctioneer shall retain the records described in sub. (1) for at least 2 years after the termination of any litigation related to any goods or real estate that was sold or attempted to be sold at an auction conducted by the auctioneer.
480.18(3) (3) An auctioneer shall, upon reasonable notice, make the records described in sub. (1) available for inspection and copying by the department or the board.
480.18 History History: 1993 a. 102.
480.18 Cross-reference Cross-reference: See also ch. SPS 125, Wis. adm. code.
480.20 480.20 Advertisements of auctions. No person may advertise that an auction will be conducted unless the advertisement includes all of the following:
480.20(1) (1) The name of the auctioneer who will conduct the auction and the name of any auction company that is managing the auction.
480.20(2) (2) A statement that the auctioneer under sub. (1) is a "registered Wisconsin auctioneer".
480.20 History History: 1993 a. 102.
480.22 480.22 Auction consumer protection fund.
480.22(1) (1) In this section, "consumer" means a person who has purchased or intends to purchase goods or real estate at an auction.
480.22(2) (2) If the department determines that the establishment of a consumer protection fund is necessary to protect consumers and reimburse consumers who claim losses resulting from the illegal, unprofessional or unethical conduct of auctioneers or auction companies, the department shall prepare a report that includes relevant data related to consumers and a recommendation to establish a consumer protection fund that is similar to the cemetery consumer protection fund described in s. 440.92 (8), 1991 stats., and shall submit the report to the legislature under s. 13.172 (2).
480.22 History History: 1993 a. 102, 491.
480.24 480.24 Disciplinary proceedings and actions.
480.24(1) (1) Subject to the rules promulgated under s. 440.03 (1), the board may make investigations or conduct hearings to determine whether a violation of this chapter or any rule promulgated under this chapter has occurred. The board may require a registrant or an auction company representative of an auction company that is a registrant to undergo and may consider the results of one or more physical, mental or professional competency examinations if the board believes that the results of any of those examinations may be useful to the board in conducting its investigation.
480.24(2) (2) Subject to the rules promulgated under s. 440.03 (1), the board may reprimand a registrant or deny, limit, suspend or revoke a certificate under this chapter if it finds that the applicant or registrant or an auction company representative of an auction company that is an applicant or registrant has done any of the following:
480.24(2)(a) (a) Made a material misstatement in an application for a certificate or renewal of a certificate.
480.24(2)(b) (b) Engaged in conduct while practicing as an auctioneer or as an auction company which evidences a lack of knowledge or ability to apply professional principles or skills.
480.24(2)(c) (c) Subject to ss. 111.321, 111.322 and 111.335, been arrested or convicted of an offense committed while registered under this chapter.
480.24(2)(d) (d) Advertised in a manner which is false, deceptive or misleading.
480.24(2)(e) (e) Advertised, practiced or attempted to practice as an auctioneer or as an auction company under another person's name.
480.24(2)(f) (f) Allowed the registrant's name to be used by another person while the other person was practicing or attempting to practice as an auctioneer or as an auction company.
480.24(2)(g) (g) Subject to ss. 111.321, 111.322 and 111.34, practiced as an auctioneer or as an auction company while the individual's ability to practice was impaired by alcohol or other drugs.
480.24(2)(h) (h) Failed to obtain a permit under s. 77.52 (9).
480.24(2)(i) (i) Failed to submit to a physical, mental or professional competency examination required under sub. (1) or (3) (a).
480.24(2)(j) (j) Violated this chapter or any rule promulgated under this chapter.
480.24(3) (3) The board may, as a condition of removing a limitation imposed under this chapter on a certificate issued under this chapter or of reinstating a certificate that has been suspended or revoked under this chapter, do any of the following:
480.24(3)(a) (a) Require the registrant or an auction company representative of an auction company that is a registrant to obtain minimum results specified by the board on one or more physical, mental or professional competency examinations if the board determines that obtaining the minimum results is related to correcting one or more of the bases upon which the limitation, suspension or revocation was imposed.
480.24(3)(b) (b) Require the registrant to obtain insurance against loss, expense and liability resulting from errors and omissions or neglect in the performance of services as an auctioneer or as an auction company.
480.24(3)(c) (c) Require the registrant to file with the department a bond that is furnished by a company authorized to do business in this state and is in an amount approved by the department.
480.24 History History: 1993 a. 102; 1995 a. 27; 1997 a. 191.
480.24 Cross-reference Cross-reference: See also ch. SPS 126, Wis. adm. code.
480.26 480.26 Penalties.
480.26(1)(1) Any person who violates this chapter or any rule promulgated under this chapter may be fined not more than $1,000 or imprisoned for not more than 6 months or both.
480.26(2) (2) In addition to or in lieu of the penalties under sub. (1) and the remedies under s. 480.24, any person who violates this chapter or any rule promulgated under this chapter may be required to forfeit not more than $1,000 for each separate offense. Each day of continued violation constitutes a separate offense.
480.26 History History: 1993 a. 102.
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2011-12 Wisconsin Statutes updated though 2013 Wis. Act 380 and all Supreme Court Orders entered before June 30, 2014. Published and certified under s. 35.18. Changes effective after July 1, 2014 are designated by NOTES. (Published 7-1-14)