Business and Professions Code Section 17537

Compiled September, 2015

Our review of the annotated history reveals the following legislative history (every “c.” below represents a separate legislative bill):

Added: 1970, c. 1119
•1971, c. 709: in the first sentence, substituted “goods or services” for “other item”.
•1976, c. 1125: added the provisions relating to punishment.
•1984, c. 101: rewrote the first sentence by substituting “program, that he or she” for “scheme, that he”; adding “or will receive a gift”; and substituting “or gift he or she must pay any money or” for “he must”.
•1986, c. 812: rewrote this section, which read as follows before the 1986 amendment:

“It is unlawful to notify any person by any means, as a part of an advertising plan or program, that he or she has won a prize or will receive a gift and that as a condition of receiving such prize or gift he or she must pay any money or purchase or rent any goods or services. Any violation of the provisions of this section is a misdemeanor punishable by imprisonment in the county jail not exceeding six months, or by a fine not exceeding two thousand five hundred dollars ($2,500), or by both.”

Five bills affected this section.                          

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