Commerce and Trade
Other Laws Relating to Commerce and Trade
CHAPTER 25. Prohibited Trade Practices
Subchapter I. General Provisions
No person engaged in the sale of any goods, wares or merchandise within the State shall publicly and falsely, and with intent to deceive the general buying public, advertise or otherwise represent that the goods, wares or merchandise are or were either in whole or in part the property of any insolvent or bankrupt or the assignee of any insolvent or bankrupt, or that such goods, wares or merchandise were either in whole or in part damaged by fire or accident of any kind.18 Del. Laws, c. 661; 20 Del. Laws, c. 70; 20 Del. Laws, c. 571; 26 Del. Laws, c. 207; Code 1915, § 3580; Code 1935, § 4074; 6 Del. C. 1953, § 2501;
No person shall engage in the sale of any goods, wares or merchandise, within the corporate limits of the City of Wilmington, which have been brought to that city or consigned to any person in that city, for the purpose of the special sale thereof, as a removed stock of goods, or for the purpose of any sale thereof in any other than a regular business manner, by regular established merchants of that city. This section shall not prevent any person from embarking in the regular business of a merchant by any other method than those herein or elsewhere in the laws of this State prohibited, and this section shall not apply to goods and chattels shipped to Wilmington from other points of the State.18 Del. Laws, c. 661; 20 Del. Laws, c. 70; 20 Del. Laws, c. 571; 26 Del. Laws, c. 207; Code 1915, § 3580; Code 1935, § 4074; 6 Del. C. 1953, § 2502;
Whoever violates § 2501 or § 2502 of this title shall be fined $100. Upon the trial of any person for such violation, the intent to deceive the general buying public shall be presumed where proof is made of a public and false advertisement or representation.18 Del. Laws, c. 661; 20 Del. Laws, c. 70; 20 Del. Laws, c. 571; 26 Del. Laws, c. 207; Code 1915, § 3580; Code 1935, § 4074; 6 Del. C. 1953, § 2503;
Whoever, doing business in this State and engaged in the production, manufacture or distribution of any commodity in general use, intentionally, for the purpose of destroying the competition of any regular, established dealer in such commodity or to prevent competition of any person who in good faith intends or attempts to become such dealer, discriminates between different sections, communities, or cities of this State, by selling the commodity at a lower rate in 1 section, community, or city, or any portion thereof, than in another, after making due allowance for any difference in the grade or quality and in the cost of transportation from the point of production, if a raw product, or from the point of manufacture, if a manufactured product, shall be fined not less than $200, nor more than $5,000 or imprisoned not more than 1 year, or both.Code 1915, § 2498A; 29 Del. Laws, c. 213; Code 1935, § 3124; 6 Del. C. 1953, § 2504;
Where unsolicited merchandise is delivered to a person for whom it is intended such person has a right to refuse to accept delivery of this merchandise or such person may deem it to be a gift and use it or dispose of it in any manner without any obligation to the sender.6 Del. C. 1953, § 2505; 56 Del. Laws, c. 413; 70 Del. Laws, c. 186, § 1;
Notwithstanding any other statute to the contrary, no action at law by the Attorney General brought under this chapter shall be initiated after the expiration of 5 years from the time the cause of action accrued; however, §§ 8117 and 8118 of Title 10 and any applicable tolling or savings provisions created under the common law shall apply.71 Del. Laws, c. 470, § 15;
(a) No person, firm, corporation, partnership or other organization shall advertise or cause to be advertised any tobacco products within 200 feet of any public or private school, excluding institutions of higher education. This section shall not apply to advertisements inside of a commercial establishment, except outward-facing advertisements placed in windows.
(b) This section shall not be construed to prohibit the display of any message or advertisement opposing the use of tobacco products. Any message or advertisement opposing the use of tobacco products that is placed within 200 feet of a school may not contain the brand name of any tobacco product or the name of any tobacco company.
(c) This section shall not be construed to prohibit an advertisement stating that a commercial establishment sells tobacco products, provided that the advertisement is on the premises or property of the commercial establishment and does not identify any tobacco product brand or any tobacco product manufacturer by name.
(d) The Attorney General may file a complaint in the Court of Chancery or Superior Court for the county in which the alleged unlawful practice has been or is to be partially or completely performed. The Court of Chancery may enjoin any person, firm, corporation, partnership or other organization from the commission of any such act, and may award damages and costs. Whoever is found to be in violation of this section by the Superior Court shall be fined not more than $1,000 for the first offense and not more than $5,000 for each subsequent offense.72 Del. Laws, c. 472, § 4;
(a) No merchant shall sell, offer or display for sale any coat, jacket, garment, or other wearing apparel made wholly or partially of animal fur, regardless of the price of the wearing apparel or the amount or value of the fur contained therein, without having attached to and conspicuously displayed on such apparel a tag, label or sticker that clearly and legibly states in English that such apparel contains real animal fur.
(b) This section shall apply only to new apparel that is sold by a merchant to a retail consumer in the first instance, and shall not apply to the resale of such apparel by second-hand, consignment, Goodwill or similar “resell” merchants.
(c) This section shall apply only to the sale of new wearing apparel sold by a merchant in a retail store only.
(d) Any merchant found to be in violation of this section shall be subject to a civil penalty of $200 per incident, regardless of the total number of articles of wearing apparel found in violation of this section during an incident.
(e) This section shall become effective and enforceable on June 1, 2010.76 Del. Laws, c. 297, § 1;
(a) No manufacturer may sell or offer for sale in this State a children’s product that contains bisphenol-A.
(b) After July 1, 2012, no merchant may, knowingly sell or offer for sale in this State a children’s product that contains bisphenol-A.
(c) This section shall not apply to the sale of a used children’s product or to substances present in, or used in the production or packaging of, any drug, intended for use in humans or animals, as such term is defined in 21 U.S.C. § 321, that is manufactured or distributed consistent with the requirements of the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act [21 U.S.C. § 301 et seq.] or the Public Health Service Act [42 U.S.C. § 201 et seq.].
(d) As used in this section:
(1) “Child” means a person under 4 years of age.
(2) “Children’s product” means an empty bottle or cup designed to be filled with food or liquid that is designed or intended by a manufacturer to be used by a child.
(e) Violation of this section shall be a class A misdemeanor. The Superior Court shall have exclusive jurisdiction over violations of this section.78 Del. Laws, c. 68, § 1;
(a) No person shall make, use, or cause to be made or used a deceptive or fraudulent record, document, or statement in support of any foreclosure upon real property, including, without limitation, statements about the offering of a loan modification, the borrower’s history of payments, the validity of the assignment of the mortgage loan, the identity of the record holder of the mortgage loan, or the compliance with any other requirements of the Delaware Code or Superior Court rule.
(b) The Attorney General shall have the same authority to enforce and carry out this section as is granted by Chapter 25 of Title 29 and by §§ 2511-2527 and 2531-2536 of this title.
(c) The Attorney General shall have the same authority to enforce and carry out this section as is granted by Chapter 25 of Title 29 and by §§ 2511-2527 and 2531-2536 of this title; however, this section shall not be enforced by a private cause of action under § 2525 or § 2533 of this title or otherwise.
(d) If a court or tribunal of competent jurisdiction finds that any person has wilfully violated this section, the Attorney General, upon petition to the court or tribunal, shall recover from the person, on behalf of the State, in addition to all costs, a civil penalty of not more than $10,000 per violation pursuant to § 2533 of this title. If the violation is against an elderly person or person with a disability, an additional civil penalty of not more than $10,000 per violation shall be recovered pursuant to § 2581 of this title. Each day that a wilful violation continues shall be considered a separate violation.
(e) For the purpose of this section, a “wilful violation” occurs when the party committing the violation knew or should have known that the party’s conduct was of the nature prohibited by this section.
(f) After confirmation of the foreclosure sale by Superior Court, title to real property sold to an innocent third-party purchaser for value at a foreclosure sale shall not be contested, clouded, or deemed to be unmarketable or uninsurable for title insurance based solely upon a violation of this section.78 Del. Laws, c. 197, § 1;