State Statutes


ยง32201. Deceptive Trade Practices Unlawful.

(a) False, misleading, or deceptive acts or practices, including, but not limited to those listed in this chapter, are hereby declared unlawful and are subject to action by the Attorney General or any person as permitted pursuant to this chapter or other provisions of Guam law. A violation consisting of any act prohibited by this title is in itself actionable, and may be the basis for damages, rescission, or equitable relief. The provisions of this chapter are to be liberally construed in favor of the consumer, balanced with substantial justice, and violation of such provisions may be raised as a claim, defense, crossclaim or counterclaim.

(b) The term false, misleading, or deceptive acts or practices includes, but is not limited to, the following acts by any person or merchant, which acts are hereby prohibited and declared illegal and contrary to public policy if committed by any person or merchant:

(15) Selling or offering to sell, either directly or associated with the sale of goods or services, a right of participation in a multi-level distributorship. As used herein, multi-level distributorship means a sales plan for the distribution of goods or services in which promises of rebate or payment are made to individuals, conditioned upon those individuals recommending or securing additional individuals to assume positions in the sales operation, and where the rebate or payment is not exclusively conditioned on or in relation to proceeds from the retail sales of goods, provided that nothing herein shall prohibit the sale of a sales or presentation kit to prospective salespersons for Five Hundred Dollars ($500) or less; provided, that the kit is sold at not more than the actual cost to the seller, that no commission is paid on the sale of the kit, and that a full refund (less any demonstration products used) is offered to the buyer for thirty (30) days after the delivery of the kit if the buyer returns the kit to the seller, whether or not the kit is used; and provided further that if the kit was purchased on Guam the kit can be returned to a location in Guam and the refund immediately collected thereat and if purchased off-island can be returned to the place of purchase for the refund;

SOURCE: Subsection (c)(21) added by P.L. 22-34:1 (9/27/93).

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