1. A person who uses the name, trademark, logo, or symbol of a financial institution or insurer in connection with the sale, offering for sale, distribution, or advertising of any product or service without the consent of the financial institution or insurer, if such use is misleading or deceptive as to the source of origin or sponsorship of, or the affiliation with, the product or service, is guilty of a serious misdemeanor.

Attorney's Note

Under the Iowa Code, punishments for crimes depend on the classification. In the case of this section:
Serious misdemeanorup to 1 yearbetween $430 and $2,560
For details, see Iowa Code§ 903.1

Terms Used In Iowa Code 547A.2

  • Damages: Money paid by defendants to successful plaintiffs in civil cases to compensate the plaintiffs for their injuries.
  • financial institution: means the same as defined in section 527. See Iowa Code 547A.1
  • insurer: means an insurer organized under Title XIII, subtitle 1, or similar laws of any other state or the United States. See Iowa Code 547A.1
  • person: means individual, corporation, limited liability company, government or governmental subdivision or agency, business trust, estate, trust, partnership or association, or any other legal entity. See Iowa Code 4.1
  • Sale: means any sale, offer for sale, or attempt to sell or lease any land, to the public in this state, for cash or on credit. See Iowa Code 543C.1
  • state: when applied to the different parts of the United States, includes the District of Columbia and the territories, and the words "United States" may include the said district and territories. See Iowa Code 4.1
 2. A financial institution or insurer may bring an action to enjoin the misleading or deceptive use prohibited in subsection 1 and recover all damages suffered by reason of the prohibited use, including reasonable attorney fees. The financial institution or insurer may recover any profits derived from the prohibited use. The state agency with regulatory authority over the financial institution or insurer may also bring an action to enjoin the misleading or deceptive use prohibited in subsection 1. This subsection does not preclude any other remedy provided by law.