Section 13A-9-41

Deceptive business practices.

(a) A person commits the crime of deceptive business practices if in the course of engaging in a business, occupation, or profession, he:

(1) Uses or possesses for use a false weight or measure, or any other device for falsely determining or recording any quality or quantity; or

(2) Sells, offers or exposes for sale, or delivers, less than the represented quantity of any commodity or service; or

(3) Takes or attempts to take more than the represented quantity of any commodity or service when as buyer he furnishes the weight or measure; or

(4) Sells, offers or exposes for sale adulterated commodities; or

(5) Sells, offers or exposes for sale mislabeled commodities.

(b) It shall be a defense to a prosecution under this section if the actor acts neither knowingly nor recklessly. The burden of injecting the issue is on the defendant, but this does not shift the burden of proof.

(c) "Adulterated" means varying from the standard of composition or quality prescribed by statute or lawfully promulgated administrative regulation, or if none, as set by established commercial usage.

(d) "Mislabeled" means:

(1) Varying from the standard of truth or disclosure in labeling prescribed by statute or lawfully promulgated administrative regulation, or if none, as set by established commercial usage; or

(2) Represented as being another person's product, though otherwise labeled accurately as to quality and quantity.

(e) Deceptive business practices is a Class B misdemeanor.

(Acts 1977, No. 607, p. 812, §4105.)