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.
100.171 Annotation The purpose of this section is to regulate certain conduct targeted at individuals. Thus, the only reasonable interpretation of the term “violation," as used in sub. (7) (a), is that each failure to provide an individual with the information required by sub. (3) (a) constitutes a separate violation of the statute. In this case, the defendant sent over 460,000 postcards to Wisconsin consumers that did not contain the required disclosures. On these facts, each postcard constituted a separate violation of this section. State v. Going Places Travel Corporation, 2015 WI App 42, 362 Wis. 2d 414, 864 N.W.2d 885, 14-1859.
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 percent 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 percent 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.
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.
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2017-18 Wisconsin Statutes updated through 2019 Wis. Act 7 and through all Supreme Court and Controlled Substances Board Orders filed before and in effect on July 1, 2019. Published and certified under s. 35.18. Changes effective after July 1, 2019, are designated by NOTES. (Published 7-1-19)