Does California have a Bait and switch law?

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California has a bait and switch law. It is part of the law BUSINESS AND PROFESSIONS CODE SECTION 17500-17509. It States: "17500. It is unlawful for any person, firm, corporation or

association, or any employee thereof with intent directly or

indirectly to dispose of real or personal property or to perform

services, professional or otherwise, or anything of any nature

whatsoever or to induce the public to enter into any obligation

relating thereto, to make or disseminate or cause to be made or

disseminated before the public in this state, or to make or

disseminate or cause to be made or disseminated from this state

before the public in any state, in any newspaper or other

publication, or any advertising device, or by public outcry or

proclamation, or in any other manner or means whatever, including

over the Internet, any statement, concerning that real or personal

property or those services, professional or otherwise, or concerning

any circumstance or matter of fact connected with the proposed

performance or disposition thereof, which is untrue or misleading,

and which is known, or which by the exercise of reasonable care

should be known, to be untrue or misleading, or for any person, firm,

or corporation to so make or disseminate or cause to be so made or

disseminated any such statement as part of a plan or scheme with the

intent not to sell that personal property or those services,

professional or otherwise, so advertised at the price stated therein,

or as so advertised. Any violation of the provisions of this

section is a misdemeanor punishable by imprisonment in the county

jail not exceeding six months, or by a fine not exceeding two

thousand five hundred dollars ($2,500), or by both that imprisonment

and fine." http://www.leginfo.ca.gov/cgi-bin/displaycode?section=bpc&group=17001-18000&file=17500-17509

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