Texas Business and Commerce Code § 17.462. Listing of Business Location of Certain Businesses

(a) A person may not misrepresent the geographical location of a business that derives 50 percent or more of its gross income from the sale or arranging for the sale of flowers or floral arrangements in the listing of the business:

(1) in a telephone directory or other directory assistance database;

(2) on an Internet website;  or

(3) in a print advertisement.

(b) A person is considered to misrepresent the geographical location of a business for purposes of Subsection (a) if the name of the business indicates that the business is located in a geographical area and:

(1) the business is not located within the geographical area indicated;

(2) the listing fails to identify the municipality and state of the business's geographical location;  and

(3) a telephone call to the local telephone number:

(A) listed in the directory or database routinely is forwarded or transferred to a location that is outside the calling area covered by the directory or database in which the number is listed;  or

(B) provided on the Internet website or in a print advertisement routinely is forwarded or transferred to a location that is outside the calling area of the geographical area as indicated by the name of the business.

(c) A person may place a listing for a business described by Subsection (a) the name of which indicates that it is located in a geographical area that is different from the geographical area in which the business is located if a conspicuous notice in the listing states the municipality and state in which the business is located.

(d) This section does not apply to:

(1) a publisher of a telephone directory or other publication or a provider of a directory assistance service publishing or providing information about another business;

(2) an Internet website that aggregates and provides information about other businesses;

(3) an owner or publisher of a print medium providing information about other businesses;

(4) an Internet service provider;  or

(5) an Internet service that displays or distributes advertisements for other businesses.

(e) This section creates no duty and imposes no obligation upon anyone other than the business that is the subject of the advertisement or listing.

(f) A violation of this section is a false, misleading, or deceptive act or practice under this subchapter, and any public or private right or remedy prescribed by this subchapter may be used to enforce this section.


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