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PRINTER'S NO. 3729
THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF PENNSYLVANIA
HOUSE BILL
No.
2499
Session of
2020
INTRODUCED BY DONATUCCI, GALLOWAY, McCLINTON, SHUSTERMAN, MURT,
HOHENSTEIN, HANBIDGE, WEBSTER, KINSEY, DRISCOLL, SANCHEZ,
KORTZ, YOUNGBLOOD, HILL-EVANS, KENYATTA, ROZZI, CIRESI,
T. DAVIS, GAINEY AND DEASY, MAY 12, 2020
REFERRED TO COMMITTEE ON CONSUMER AFFAIRS, MAY 12, 2020
AN ACT
Amending the act of December 17, 1968 (P.L.1224, No.387),
entitled "An act prohibiting unfair methods of competition
and unfair or deceptive acts or practices in the conduct of
any trade or commerce, giving the Attorney General and
District Attorneys certain powers and duties and providing
penalties," further providing for definitions and for
unlawful acts or practices and exclusions.
The General Assembly of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania
hereby enacts as follows:
Section 1. Section 2(4) of the act of December 17, 1968
(P.L.1224, No.387), known as the Unfair Trade Practices and
Consumer Protection Law, is amended by adding a subclause to
read:
Section 2. Definitions.--As used in this act.
* * *
(4) "Unfair methods of competition" and "unfair or deceptive
acts or practices" mean any one or more of the following:
* * *
(xxii) The denial by a financial institution or credit card
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company of a request by an individual to waive interest on
credit card charges incurred or owed by the individual during
the proclamation of disaster emergency issued by the Governor on
March 6, 2020, published at 50 Pa.B. 1644 (March 21, 2020), and
any renewal of the state of disaster emergency.
Section 2. Section 3 of the act is amended to read:
Section 3. Unlawful Acts or Practices; Exclusions.--Unfair
methods of competition and unfair or deceptive acts or practices
in the conduct of any trade or commerce as defined by subclauses
(i) through [(xxi)] (xxii) of clause (4) of section 2 of this
act and regulations promulgated under section 3.1 of this act
are hereby declared unlawful. The provisions of this act shall
not apply to any owner, agent or employe of any radio or
television station, or to any owner, publisher, printer, agent
or employe of an Internet service provider or a newspaper or
other publication, periodical or circular, who, in good faith
and without knowledge of the falsity or deceptive character
thereof, publishes, causes to be published or takes part in the
publication of such advertisement.
Section 3. This act shall take effect immediately.
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