(a) Every applicant for a going out of business sale or distress merchandise sale license shall execute and file with the probate judge to whom the application is made a good and sufficient bond in the sum of $2,500 or five percent of the wholesale value of the inventory as set forth in the application, whichever is greater, with two or more sureties thereon, approved by said probate judge or with the surety thereon a surety company authorized to do business in the State of Alabama, which bond in any event shall be approved by said probate judge, payable to the State of Alabama, and shall be conditioned upon faithful observance of all the conditions of this chapter and shall also indemnify any purchaser at such sale who suffers any loss by reason of misrepresentation in said sale.
Terms Used In Alabama Code 8-13-4
- applicant: Any person applying for a license under this chapter, including the principal, if such person is the agent of another who is the true owner, notwithstanding whether that other is an individual, partnership, association, firm, or corporation and notwithstanding whether the name of the true owner appears on the application or not. See Alabama Code 37-8-182
- circuit: means judicial circuit. See Alabama Code 30-3D-608
- Defendant: In a civil suit, the person complained against; in a criminal case, the person accused of the crime.
- DISTRESS MERCHANDISE SALE: Any offer to sell to the public or a sale to the public of goods, wares, or merchandise on the implied or direct representation that such sale is being held other than in the ordinary course of business and not otherwise defined herein. See Alabama Code 37-8-182
- GOING OUT OF BUSINESS SALE: Any offer to sell to the public or a sale to the public of goods, wares, or merchandise on the implied or direct representation that such sale is in anticipation of the termination of a business at its present location or that the sale is being held other than in the ordinary course of business. See Alabama Code 37-8-182
- inventory: A list of and the wholesale cost of goods, wares, and merchandise. See Alabama Code 37-8-182
- Probate: Proving a will
- state: when applied to the different parts of the United States, includes the District of Columbia and the several territories of the United States. See Alabama Code 30-3D-608
- year: means a calendar year; but, whenever the word "year" is used in reference to any appropriations for the payment of money out of the treasury, it shall mean fiscal year. See Alabama Code 30-3D-608
(b) Such bond shall continue in effect for one year after the termination of the sale for which it is made.
(c) The licensee shall notify the probate judge issuing the license of any action filed as a result of the operation hereby licensed. Any purchaser claiming to have been damaged by misrepresentation in such going out of business sale or distress merchandise sale may maintain an action against the licensee making such misrepresentations and may join as party defendant the surety or sureties on the bond.
(d) If an action is filed by any purchaser or purchasers at a licensed sale within one year after the termination of the sale, the bond shall remain in force and effect until all actions are concluded and the judgment or judgments, if any, paid in full.
(e) In the event the applicant fails to observe all of the provisions of this chapter in conducting such sale for which the bond is given, the bond will be deemed to be forfeited, and any district attorney of the State of Alabama may recover in an action in the circuit court of the county in which the bond was given the amount of the bond from applicant and his sureties for the use and benefit of the State of Alabama.