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Any person, firm, corporation, or association who, with intent to sell or in anywise dispose
of merchandise, securities, service, or anything offered by such person, firm, corporation, or
association, directly or indirectly, to the public, for sale or distribution, or with intent to increase
the consumption thereof, or to induce the public in any manner to enter into any obligation
relating thereto, or to acquire title thereto, or any interest therein, makes, publishes, disseminates,
circulates, or places before the public, or causes, directly or indirectly, to be made, published,
disseminated, circulated, or placed before the public, in this state, in a newspaper or other
publication, or in the form of a book, notice, handbill, poster, bill, label, price tag, circular,
pamphlet, program, or letter, or over any radio or television station, or in any other way, an
advertisement of any sort regarding merchandise, securities, service, or anything so offered to
the public, for use, consumption, purchase, or sale, which advertisement contains any material
assertion, representation, or statement of fact which is untrue, deceptive, or misleading, shall,
whether or not pecuniary or other specific damage to any person occurs as a direct result thereof,
be guilty of a misdemeanor, and any such act is declared to be a public nuisance and may
be enjoined as such.
The duty of a strict observance and enforcement of this law and prosecution for any violation
thereof is hereby expressly imposed upon the attorney general, and it shall be the duty of the
county attorney of any county wherein a violation of this section shall have occurred, upon
complaint being made, to prosecute any person violating any of the provisions of this section.
History: (10390, 10391) 1913 c 51 s 1; 1915 c 309 s 1,2; 1953 c 438 s 1; 1967 c 302 s
2; 1986 c 444

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