To file a complaint online, click here.
Here’s a snapshot of Minnesota’s laws regarding deceptive advertising:
Minnesota Statutes § 325D.44 : Lists a number of acts that are deemed unfair or deceptive trade practices, including, but not limited to, advertising goods or services with the intent not to sell them as advertised.
Some of the penalties that fraudulent or deceptive advertisers may suffer in Minnesota include:
- The cost of reasonable attorney’s fees of the person suing if the advertiser acted willfully (Minnesota Statutes § 325D.45);
Small Claims Court in Minnesota
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 Minnesota, click here.
Researching Consumer Complaints
Office of Minnesota Attorney General
445 Minnesota Street
St. Paul, MN 55101-2131
(651) 296-3353/(800) 657-3787
Note that FOIA requests in Minnesota should be made under the Minnesota Data Practices Act, not the Federal Freedom of Information Act. A sample 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 Minnesota, 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
A court order that requires a person or company to do a particular act or to refrain from doing a particular act. Example? A court order prohibiting a company from using an ad that’s been deemed deceptive.