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      RS 9:3573.3     


§3573.3.  Prohibited conduct

A credit repair services organization or a salesperson, agent, or representative of a credit repair services organization, who sells or attempts to sell the services of a credit repair services organization shall not:

(1)  Charge a buyer or receive from a buyer money or other valuable consideration unless the credit repair services organization has obtained, in accordance with R.S. 9:3573.4, a surety bond issued by a surety company authorized to do business in this state.

(2)  Make or use a false or misleading representation in the offer or sale of the services of a credit repair services organization, including guaranteeing to "erase bad credit" or words to that effect unless the representation clearly discloses that this can be done only if the credit history is inaccurate or obsolete.

(3)  Engage, directly or indirectly, in a fraudulent or deceptive act, practice, or course of dealing in connection with the offer or sale of the services of a credit repair services organization.

(4)  Make or advise a buyer to make a statement with respect to a buyer's credit worthiness, credit standing, or credit capacity that is false or misleading or that should be known by the exercise of reasonable care to be false or misleading to a consumer reporting agency or to a person who has extended credit to a buyer.

(5)  Advertise or cause to be advertised, in any manner whatsoever, the services of a credit repair services organization without filing a registration statement with the attorney general, unless otherwise provided by this Part.

(6)  Make nonessential requests for credit information relating to a buyer from any source providing such information for no cost.

(7)  Repealed by Acts 2008, No. 858, §2, eff. July 9, 2008.

(8)  Structure a transaction with a buyer in such a manner as to attempt to circumvent the provisions of this Part.

(9)  Divide a transaction into multiple transactions, such as by attempting to sell or selling any publication, including but not limited to any book, pamphlet, or electronic or computer guide, related in any way to improving a buyer's credit record, history, or rating, to a buyer and, directly or indirectly, through any affiliate, subsidiary, related person, or otherwise, providing services to the buyer to assist him in utilizing or implementing the information or directions contained therein, unless all charges and fees related to such sale and service combined do not exceed the bona fide costs for publishing the copy of such publication.

(10)  Violate any provision of the federal Credit Repair Organizations Act, 15 U.S.C. 1679 et seq., as amended.  Any violation of such Act shall constitute a violation of state law.

Acts 1992, No. 345, §1; Acts 1995, No. 332, §1; Acts 2003, No. 1027, §1, eff. Dec. 31, 2003; Acts 2008, No. 858, §§1, 2, eff. July 9, 2008; Acts 2009, No. 76, §1.

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