(a) A person commits the crime of false advertising if, in connection with the promotion of a sale, transfer, consumption or use of property or services, he makes or causes to be made a false or misleading statement in any advertisement addressed to the public or to a substantial number of persons.
Terms Used In Alabama Code 13A-9-42
- Defendant: In a civil suit, the person complained against; in a criminal case, the person accused of the crime.
- Misdemeanor: Usually a petty offense, a less serious crime than a felony, punishable by less than a year of confinement.
- person: includes a corporation as well as a natural person. See Alabama Code 1-1-1
- property: includes both real and personal property. See Alabama Code 1-1-1
(b) It is a defense to a prosecution under this section if the actor acts neither knowingly nor recklessly in making the false or misleading statement or in causing it to be made. The burden of injecting the issue is on the defendant, but this does not shift the burden of proof.
(c) False advertising is a Class B misdemeanor.