To file a complaint online, click here.
Here’s a snapshot of Montana’s laws regarding deceptive advertising:
Some of the penalties that fraudulent or deceptive advertisers may suffer in Montana include:
- In certain circumstances, three times the amount of actual damages (Montana Code § 30-14-133);
- The cost of attorney’s fees of the person suing, if that person wins the lawsuit (Montana Code § 30-14-131) and (Montana Code § 30-14-133);
- Up to $10,000 per violation of the law against deceptive advertising if the advertiser acted willfully (Montana Code § 30-14-142);
- Up to $10,000 per violation of a restraining order or injunction (Montana Code § 30-14-142).
Small Claims Court in Montana
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 Montana, 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:
Montana Office of the Attorney General
Justice Buildings, Third Floor
215 North Sanders
P.O. Box 2014014
Helena, MT 59620-1401
Att: Public Information Officer
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 Montana, and not a comprehensive list.**
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.
Compensation for losses that are proven to have occurred.