altWho Can You Complain to in Florida?

Office of the Attorney General
State of Florida
The Capitol PL-01
Tallahassee, FL 32399-1050
(850) 414-3990

To file a complaint online, click here.

Florida’s Laws

Here’s a snapshot of Florida’s laws regarding deceptive advertising:

Florida Code § 501.203 and § 501.204: Prohibits unfair or deceptive advertising of any good or service.

Possible Penalties

Some of the penalties that fraudulent or deceptive advertisers may suffer in Florida include:

  • Up to $10,000 for each willful violation of the law against unfair or deceptive advertising (Florida Code § 501.2075);
  •  The cost of reasonable attorney’s fees of the person suing, if that person wins the lawsuit (Florida Code § 501.2105);

Small Claims Court in Florida

If you’re not trying to recover big bucks, but rather just trying to recoup the money you spent on a product or service after being duped by a false ad, then you might consider filing a lawsuit in Small Claims Court.

For general info about filing a lawsuit in Small Claims Court, click here.

For info on how to file a Small Claims lawsuit in Florida, click here.

Researching Consumer Complaints

To obtain copies of complaints consumers have filed against a business, you can send a Freedom of Information request to:

Florida Office of Attorney General
The Capitol, Suite PL-01
Tallahasee, FL 32399

A sample Freedom of Information request can be found here.

**Please note that this page is informational only and does not take the place of legal advice.  Please also note that the above summary is meant to provide a brief look at the laws in Florida, and not a comprehensive list.

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