To file a complaint online, click here.
Here’s a snapshot of Florida’s laws regarding deceptive advertising:
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.
The chief law enforcement official in each one of the 50 states; also refers to the person heading the federal government’s Justice Department
Compensation for losses that are proven to have occurred.