15 U.S. Code § 52 - Dissemination of false advertisements
It shall be unlawful for any person, partnership, or corporation to disseminate, or cause to be disseminated, any false advertisement—
(1) By United States mails, or in or having an effect upon commerce, by any means, for the purpose of inducing, or which is likely to induce, directly or indirectly the purchase of food, drugs, devices, services, or cosmetics; or
(b) Unfair or deceptive act or practice
The dissemination or the causing to be disseminated of any false advertisement within the provisions of subsection (a) of this section shall be an unfair or deceptive act or practice in or affecting commerce within the meaning of section 45 of this title.
Source(Sept. 26, 1914, ch. 311, § 12, as added Mar. 21, 1938, ch. 49, § 4,52 Stat. 114; amended Pub. L. 93–637, title II, § 201(c),Jan. 4, 1975, 88 Stat. 2193; Pub. L. 103–297, § 8,Aug. 16, 1994, 108 Stat. 1550.)
1994—Subsec. (a). Pub. L. 103–297inserted “services,” after “devices,” in pars. (1) and (2).
1975—Subsec. (a). Pub. L. 93–637substituted “in or having an effect upon commerce,” for “in commerce”.
Subsec. (b). Pub. L. 93–637substituted “in or affecting commerce” for “in commerce”.
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