Fight Fraud Task Force
Department of Business and Industry
555 E. Washington Ave., Suite 4900
Las Vegas, NV 89101
To file a complaint online, click here.
Here’s a snapshot of Nevada’s laws regarding deceptive advertising:
Nevada Code § 598.0915: Lists a number of acts that are deemed deceptive trade practices, including, but not limited to, advertising goods or services with intent not to sell them as advertised.
Nevada Code § 207.171: Prohibits the use of false, deceptive or misleading statements in advertisements.
Some of the penalties that fraudulent or deceptive advertisers may suffer in Nevada include:
- Investigation, hearing, and other costs associated with bringing a lawsuit against the advertiser (Nevada Code § 598.0971) and (Nevada Code § 598.0979);
- The cost of reasonable attorney’s fees of the person suing, if that person wins the lawsuit (Nevada Code § 41.600);
- The return of money or property acquired by the unlawful advertising (Nevada Code § 598.0971) and (Nevada Code § 598.0979);
- Up to $5,000 for each violation of the law against deceptive advertising, if the advertiser acted willfully (Nevada Code § 598.0999);
- Up to $10,000 for each violation of an injunction or other court order (Nevada Code § 598.0999).
Small Claims Court in Nevada
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 Nevada, click here.
Researching Consumer Complaints
Nevada’s Attorney General does not disclose consumer complaints to the public that are considered part of investigative records until it takes civil or criminal action against a company. To obtain copies of consumer complaints the office has made available, you can send a Freedom of Information request to:
Nevada Attorney General
100 North Carson St.
Carson City, NV 89701
Consumers can also direct requests to the Nevada Department of Business & Industry Consumer Affairs Unit via email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Consumers can also send the request to the Las Vegas address listed above or to this address:
1830 College Parkway, Suite 100
Carson City, NV 89706
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 Nevada, 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.