North Dakota

Who Can You Complain to in North Dakota?

North Dakota Attorney General
Consumer Protection and Antitrust Division
Gateway Professional Center
1050 E. Interstate Avenue, Suite 200
Bismarck, ND 58503-5574
(701) 328-3404/(800) 472-2600
http://www.ag.nd.gov/index.shtml

To file a complaint online, click here.

North Dakota’s Laws

Here’s a snapshot of North Dakota’s laws regarding deceptive advertising:

North Dakota Code§ 51-12-01: Prohibits the use of advertisements that contain untrue, deceptive, or misleading statements or representations.

North Dakota Code § 51-12-08: Makes it unlawful to use an advertisement that is untrue or misleading.

And for all you health-conscious popcorn lovers out there, here’s a shout out to you:

North Dakota Code § 51-12-02.1: Prohibits the use of the word “butter” in popcorn ads to describe the popcorn topping, unless the topping is real butter or the word “butter” is part of the commercial brand name of the topping product.

Possible Penalties

In North Dakota, courts can order fraudulent or deceptive advertisers to stop the unlawful behavior.  This is known as an Injunction (North Dakota Code § 51-12-14).

Small Claims Court in North Dakota

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 North Dakota, click here to access a PDF fact sheet.

Researching Consumer Complaints

To obtain copies of complaints consumers have filed against a business, you can send a Freedom of Information request via email to ndag@nd.gov or in the mail to:

North Dakota Office of Attorney General
600 E. Boulevard Ave.
Dept. 125
Bismark, ND 58505

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 North Dakota, and not a comprehensive list.**


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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.

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