Maine Revised Statutes

§1210. Charges after free trial period

1. Definitions.  As used in this chapter, unless the context otherwise indicates, the following terms have the following meanings.
A. "Established business relationship" means a prior or existing relationship formed by a voluntary 2-way communication between a seller and a consumer with an exchange of consideration on the basis of the consumer's purchase from or transaction with the seller within the 18 months immediately preceding the date of a free offer. [2009, c. 502, §1 (NEW).]
B. "Free offer" means an offer of a rebate or of products or services without cost to a consumer by a seller under which, as a result of accepting the rebate, products or services, the consumer is required to contact the seller to avoid incurring a financial obligation for receiving additional products or services. [2009, c. 502, §1 (NEW).]
[ 2009, c. 502, §1 (NEW) .]
2. Prohibition.  A seller may not make a free offer to a consumer in the State unless, at the time the consumer agrees to the free offer:
A. The seller obtains directly from the consumer information necessary for billing the consumer; and [2009, c. 502, §1 (NEW).]
B. The seller provides the consumer with clear and conspicuous information regarding the terms of the free offer, including any additional financial obligations that may be incurred as a result of accepting the free offer. [2009, c. 502, §1 (NEW).]
[ 2009, c. 502, §1 (NEW) .]
2001, c. 210, §1 (NEW). 2001, c. 471, §E1 (AMD). 2009, c. 502, §1 (RPR).