2005 Connecticut Code - Sec. 42-110b. Unfair trade practices prohibited. Legislative intent.

      Sec. 42-110b. Unfair trade practices prohibited. Legislative intent. (a) No person shall engage in unfair methods of competition and unfair or deceptive acts or practices in the conduct of any trade or commerce.

      (b) It is the intent of the legislature that in construing subsection (a) of this section, the commissioner and the courts of this state shall be guided by interpretations given by the Federal Trade Commission and the federal courts to Section 5(a)(1) of the Federal Trade Commission Act (15 USC 45(a)(1)), as from time to time amended.

      (c) The commissioner may, in accordance with chapter 54, establish by regulation acts, practices or methods which shall be deemed to be unfair or deceptive in violation of subsection (a) of this section. Such regulations shall not be inconsistent with the rules, regulations and decisions of the federal trade commission and the federal courts in interpreting the provisions of the Federal Trade Commission Act.

      (d) It is the intention of the legislature that this chapter be remedial and be so construed.

      (P.A. 73-615, S. 2, 16; P.A. 75-618, S. 1, 11; P.A. 76-303, S. 1, 4.)

      History; P.A. 75-618 rephrased provisions for clarity and consistency; P.A. 76-303 deleted provision in Subsec. (a) which established unfair or deceptive acts and methods of competition as those in rules, regulations or decisions interpreting Federal Trade Commission Act by Federal Trade Commission or federal courts and in regulations of commissioner and state courts, inserting new Subsec. (b) in its stead, relettered former Subsec. (b) and added Subsec. (d).

      Cited. 177 C. 304, 311. Cited. 184 C. 607, 612. Cited. 186 C. 507, 520; Id., 507, 509, 519. Cited. 190 C. 510, 513; Id., 528, 530, 534. Cited. 191 C. 484, 485, 491-493. Cited. 192 C. 558, 565-567; Id., 747, 755. Cited. 193 C. 208, 228-230. Cited. 199 C. 651, 654, 663. Cited. 200 C. 360, 362. Cited. 202 C. 234, 238. Cited. 203 C. 342, 354. Cited. Id., 475, 482. Cited. 205 C. 479, 482. Cited. 207 C. 204, 207, 216. Cited. Id., 575, 577. Cited. 208 C. 620, 652. Cited. 213 C. 665, 666. Cited. 214 C. 303, 306, 311. Cited. 215 C. 590, 595, 597, 600. Cited. 217 C. 404, 415, 417, 418. Cited. 219 C. 644, 646. Cited. 221 C. 356, 358. Cited. 223 C. 80, 83, 115. Cited. Id., 761, 762. Cited. 224 C. 231, 234. Cited. 225 C. 566, 568. Cited. Id., 705, 723. Cited. 226 C. 773, 780. Cited. 229 C. 479, 483. Cited. Id., 842, 844. Cited. 230 C. 148, 150. Cited. Id., 486, 511. Cited. 231 C. 707, 713. Cited. 232 C. 167, 169. Cited. Id., 527, 529. Cited. 236 C. 845, 847. Cited. 238 C. 216. Cited. 240 C. 300. Cited. 241 C. 278. Cited. Id., 630. Plaintiff who purchased computer with preinstalled software from a retailer cannot recover from software manufacturer because plaintiff's claimed injuries are too indirect and remote from the manufacturer's allegedly anticompetitive conduct. 260 C. 59. In absence of any evidence of substantial injury to consumers or to plaintiff, the existence of exclusivity provisions between defendant newspaper and comic strip syndicators does not constitute probable cause to believe that defendant has violated CUTPA since such provisions are customary in the newspaper industry, procompetitive and presumptively legal. 261 C. 673.

      Cited. 11 CA 289, 295. Cited. 13 CA 194, 197. Cited. 14 CA 425, 429. Cited. 15 CA 101, 109. Cited. 17 CA 421, 426. Cited. 19 CA 379, 381. Cited. 20 CA 625, 626, 628. Cited. 21 CA 185, 186. Cited. 23 CA 137, 144; Id., 585, 586, 588. Cited. 27 CA 59, 70; Id., 810, 818. Cited. 28 CA 491, 494. Cited. Id., 660, 669. Cited. Id., 760, 765. Cited. 31 CA 443, 447. Cited. Id., 682, 687. Cited. 32 CA 644, 655. Cited. 33 CA 294, 300. Cited. Id., 575, 582, 584, 586. Cited. 40 CA 23, 28. Cited. 41 CA 19, 31. Cited. Id., 437, 447. Cited. 42 CA 124. Discussed re res judicata and federal litigation. 49 CA 582. Single act of misconduct is sufficient to support a CUTPA claim. Federal law sets a floor, not a ceiling. 72 CA 342.

      Cited. 36 CS 183, 188, 195. Cited. 38 CS 455, 456. Cited. 40 CS 336, 337. Cited. 41 CS 130, 131; Id., 484, 491. Cited. 44 CS 274.

      Subsec. (a):

      Cited. 184 C. 607, 612, 617. Cited. 190 C. 510, 513, 517; Id., 528, 533, 538. Cited. 192 C. 124; Id., 747, 755. Cited. 193 C. 208, 229. Cited. 199 C. 651, 661. Cited. 200 C. 172, 177, 178. Cited. 202 C. 234, 238, 240. Cited. 203 C. 342, 354. Cited. 207 C. 204, 207, 217. Cited. 215 C. 590, 591. Cited. 216 C. 65, 85; Id., 200, 215. Cited. 217 C. 404, 405, 408. Cited. 225 C. 705, 723, 726. Cited. 229 C. 213, 222. Cited. 230 C. 148, 155, 157. Cited. Id., 486, 509. Cited. 232 C. 167, 169. Cited. Id., 480, 491, 492. Cited. Id., 559, 591. Cited. 238 C. 183. Cited. 240 C. 300. Cited. 241 C. 24. Cited. Id., 630. Cited. 242 C. 236. Cited. 243 C. 17. Although purely intracorporate conflicts are not covered by CUTPA, actions outside scope of the employment relationship may be covered. Id., 355.

      Cited. 13 CA 194, 205. Cited. Id., 208, 209. Cited. 22 CA 464, 466. Cited. 23 CA 227, 229. Cited. 26 CA 203, 209. Cited. 27 CA 628, 629, 632. Cited. Id., 706, 707, 712. Cited. 30 CA 493, 499. Cited. 33 CA 575, 582, 584. Cited. 35 CA 455, 456. Cited. 38 CA 859, 865. Cited. 40 CA 23, 28. Cited. 41 CA 437, 444, 445. Cited 43 CA 419. Cited. Id., 756. While existence of a duty is not a prerequisite for finding of a CUTPA violation, defendant did not violate CUTPA by declining to do that which it simply was not required to do. 64 CA 417. Failure to disclose can be deceptive only if, in light of all the circumstances, there is a duty to disclose. 78 CA 760.

      Radio station's use of approximation of its FM radio frequency, which was same number as that used by another station, does not constitute an unfair trade practice. 35 CS 1, 4, 8, 9, 11, 12. Cited. 36 CS 183, 187. Cited. 41 CS 130, 139; Id., 575, 578. Cited. 43 CS 431, 435. Cited. 44 CS 274. Cited. Id., 569. Cited. 45 CS 11. Motion to strike complaint alleging unfair trade practice denied in case involving personal injury to tenant when he fell on ice on the outside stairs of defendant landlord's apartment house and plaintiff alleges that the ice was due to the absence of gutters. Id., 267.

      Subsec. (b):

      Cited. 190 C. 510, 518; Id., 528, 533. Cited. 191 C. 484, 492. Cited. 192 C. 558, 567; Id., 747, 756. Cited. 199 C. 651, 664. Cited. 200 C. 172, 179. Cited. 202 C. 234, 239, 247. Cited. 203 C. 342, 363. Cited. 205 C. 479, 482. Cited. 208 C. 620, 653. Cited. 215 C. 590, 592, 598. Cited. 216 C. 65, 85. Cited. 223 C. 80, 107. Cited. 225 C. 705, 725. Cited. 230 C. 148, 156. Cited. Id., 486, 508, 510, 511. Cited. 232 C. 480, 498.

      Cited. 33 CA 575, 584.

      Cited. 41 CS 575, 578. Cited. 42 CS 198, 200.

      Subsec. (c):

      Cited. 190 C. 510, 516. Cited. 215 C. 590, 592, 594, 595, 597. Cited. 230 C. 486, 515.

      Cited. 33 CA 575, 584.

      Subsec. (d):

      Cited. 190 C. 510, 520. Cited. 192 C. 747, 756. Cited. 200 C. 172, 178. Cited. 203 C. 342, 354. Cited. 225 C. 705, 725. Cited. 230 C. 148, 158. Cited. Id., 486, 509. Cited. 232 C. 480, 492. Cited. 238 C. 183.

      Cited. 36 CS 183, 188. Cited. 39 CS 78, 79. Cited. 40 CS 336, 338. Cited. 42 CS 198, 201.

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