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Title XXXIII
REGULATION OF TRADE, COMMERCE, INVESTMENTS, AND SOLICITATIONS
Chapter 526
SALE OF LIQUID FUELS; BRAKE FLUID
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CHAPTER 526
CHAPTER 526
SALE OF LIQUID FUELS; BRAKE FLUID
PART I
SALE OF LIQUID FUELS
(ss. 526.01-526.313)
PART II
SALE OF BRAKE FLUID
(ss. 526.50-526.56)
PART I
SALE OF LIQUID FUELS
526.01 Fraud and deception in sale of liquid fuel, lubricating oil, and greases; labeling; stop-sale order; penalty.
526.015 Lubricating oil standards and labeling requirements.
526.02 Proper trade name or mark to appear upon container or distributing device.
526.03 Imitating trade names or equipment under which liquid fuel is marketed; prohibition.
526.04 Sale of liquid fuel under trademark of another; prohibition.
526.05 Mixing, blending, or compounding liquid fuels of different manufacturers prohibited.
526.06 Mixing, blending, compounding, or adulteration of liquid fuels of same manufacturer prohibited.
526.07 Assisting another in illegal storage or other violation of chapter prohibited.
526.08 Participation of director, officer, agent, employee, or member in violations.
526.09 Department to enforce law; rules.
526.10 Department of Legal Affairs and state attorneys to assist in enforcing law.
526.11 Penalty for violations.
526.111 Prohibited display of gasoline prices; penalty.
526.121 Pricing restrictions; separation of gasolines.
526.131 Injunction against violations.
526.141 Self-service gasoline stations; attendants; regulations.
526.142 Air and vacuum devices.
526.143 Alternate generated power capacity for motor fuel dispensing facilities.
526.144 Florida Disaster Motor Fuel Supplier Program.
526.301 Short title.
526.302 Legislative findings and intent.
526.303 Definitions.
526.304 Predatory practices unlawful; exceptions.
526.305 Discriminatory practices unlawful; exceptions.
526.306 Discriminatory allocations unlawful.
526.307 Unfair practices unlawful.
526.308 Certain rebates unlawful.
526.309 Exempt sales.
526.311 Enforcement; civil penalties; injunctive relief.
526.312 Enforcement; private actions; injunctive relief.
526.313 Limitations period for actions.
526.01 Fraud and deception in sale of liquid fuel, lubricating oil, and greases; labeling; stop-sale order; penalty.
(1) No person shall store, sell, offer, or expose for sale any liquid fuels, lubricating oils, greases, or other similar products in any manner whatsoever which may deceive or tend to deceive, or which has the effect of deceiving, the purchaser of such products as to the nature, quality, or quantity of the products so sold, exposed, or offered for sale.
(2)(a) Containers of reclaimed, recleaned, or reconditioned previously used lubricating oil, lubricants, or mixtures of lubricants shall be plainly labeled showing that the content thereof is a previously used product.
(b) In the storage, sale, offering, or exposing for sale of lubricating oil composed in whole or in part of previously used lubricating oil, it is unlawful to:
1. Represent in any manner that used lubricating oil is new or unused;
2. Fail to disclose clearly and conspicuously in all advertising and sales promotional material and on each front or face panel of the container that used lubricating oil has been previously used. The front or face panel means the part of the container on which the brand name is usually featured and which is customarily exposed to the view of prospective purchasers when displayed at point of retail sales; or
3. Use the term “rerefined,” or any other word or term of similar import, to describe previously used lubricating oil unless the physical and chemical contaminants acquired through previous use have been removed by a refining process.
(c) Previously used lubricating oil which has been rerefined by a refining process that has removed all the physical and chemical contaminants acquired in previous use and which meets the ASTM-SAE-API standards for fitness for its intended use is not subject to the labeling requirement of this subsection. A manufacturer of such rerefined oil shall register the product with the Department of Environmental Protection and provide an affidavit of proof that the product meets the required standards.
(3) Any product stored, sold, offered, or exposed for sale which is not permanently and conspicuously labeled as provided in this section is declared to be illegal. Any such illegal product shall be placed under written stop-sale order, directed to the owner or custodian, and held by the Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services or its representative at a place to be designated in the stop-sale order until properly labeled by the owner or custodian and released in writing by the department or its representative. If the product is not properly labeled within 30 days after the issuance of the stop-sale order, it shall be disposed of by the department or its representative to any tax-supported institution or agency of the state, if usable, or by destruction, if unusable.
(4) The attachment of stop-sale order to any such product is notice and warning to all persons whomsoever, including, but not limited to, the owner or custodian, to scrupulously refrain from moving, altering, or interfering in any manner with any such product or altering, defacing, or in any way interfering with the stop-sale order, or permitting the same to be done by another, except with the consent of the department or its representative.
(5) The violation of any of the provisions of this section is a misdemeanor, punishable under the provisions of s. 526.11.
History.s. 1, ch. 16083, 1933; CGL 1936 Supp. 7315(2); s. 1, ch. 26883, 1951; s. 1, ch. 28114, 1953; s. 1, ch. 70-77; s. 1, ch. 70-439; s. 65, ch. 84-338; s. 460, ch. 94-356; s. 714, ch. 97-103.
526.015 Lubricating oil standards and labeling requirements.
(1) A person may not sell or distribute, or offer for sale or distribution, a lubricating oil that fails to meet a quality standard, such as those established by the Society of Automotive Engineers or other similar standard, or a labeling requirement designed to prevent deceptive or misleading practices as adopted by department rule.
(2) A product that fails to meet a standard or labeling requirement adopted by department rule shall be placed under a stop-sale order by the department, and the lot number of the product shall be identified and tagged by the department to prevent its sale.
(3) A person may not sell or distribute, or offer for sale or distribution, a product that has been placed under a stop-sale order.
(4) If a product is made to conform to standards and labeling requirements or is removed from the premises in a manner approved by the department, the department shall issue a release order.
History.s. 14, ch. 2014-147.
526.02 Proper trade name or mark to appear upon container or distributing device.No person shall keep, expose or offer for sale, or sell any liquid fuels, lubricating oils, greases or other similar products from any container, tank, pump, or other distributing device, other than those manufactured or distributed by the manufacturer or distributor indicated by the name, trademark, symbol, sign or other distinguishing mark or device appearing upon said container, tank, pump, or other distributing device in which such products are sold, exposed or offered for sale or distributed.
History.s. 2, ch. 16083, 1933; CGL 1936 Supp. 7315(3).
526.03 Imitating trade names or equipment under which liquid fuel is marketed; prohibition.It is unlawful for any person to disguise or camouflage his or her own equipment, by imitating the design, symbol, trade name, or the equipment under which recognized brands of liquid fuels, lubricating oils, and similar products, are generally marketed.
History.s. 3, ch. 16083, 1933; CGL 1936 Supp. 7315(4); s. 715, ch. 97-103.
526.04 Sale of liquid fuel under trademark of another; prohibition.No person shall expose or offer for sale or sell under any trademark, trade name, or name or other distinguishing mark, any liquid fuels, lubricating oils, greases, or other similar products, other than those manufactured or distributed by the manufacturer or distributor marketing such products under such trade name, trademark, or name or other distinguishing mark.
History.s. 4, ch. 16083, 1933; CGL 1936 Supp. 7315(5).
526.05 Mixing, blending, or compounding liquid fuels of different manufacturers prohibited.No person shall mix, blend or compound the liquid fuels, lubricating oils, greases or similar products of a manufacturer or distributor with the products of any other manufacturer or distributor, or adulterate the same, and expose, offer for sale, or sell such mixed, blended or compounded products under the trade name, trademark or name or other distinguishing mark of either of said manufacturers or distributors, or as the unadulterated products of such manufacturer or distributor; provided, however, that nothing herein shall prevent the lawful owner thereof from applying its own trademark, trade name, or symbol to any product or material.
History.s. 5, ch. 16083, 1933; CGL 1936 Supp. 7315(6).
526.06 Mixing, blending, compounding, or adulteration of liquid fuels of same manufacturer prohibited.A person may not mix, blend, compound, or adulterate the liquid fuel, lubricating oil, grease, or similar product of a manufacturer or distributor with a liquid fuel, lubricating oil, grease, or similar product of the same manufacturer or distributor of a character or nature different from the character or nature of the liquid fuel, lubricating oil, grease, or similar product so mixed, blended, compounded, or adulterated, and expose for sale, offer for sale, or sell the same as the unadulterated product of such manufacturer or distributor or as the unadulterated product of any other manufacturer or distributor. However, this chapter does not prevent the lawful owner of such products from applying his, her, or its own trademark, trade name, or symbol to any product or material.
History.s. 6, ch. 16083, 1933; CGL 1936 Supp. 7315(7); s. 13, ch. 80-77; s. 716, ch. 97-103; s. 100, ch. 2008-227; s. 25, ch. 2011-205.
526.07 Assisting another in illegal storage or other violation of chapter prohibited.No person shall aid or assist any other person in violating any of the provisions of this chapter, by depositing or delivering into any tank, pump, receptacle, or other container, any liquid fuels, lubricating oils, greases or other like products, other than those intended to be stored therein, as indicated by the name of the manufacturer or distributor, or the trademark, trade name, name or other distinguishing mark of the product displayed on the container itself or on the pump or other distributing device used in connection therewith, or shall by any other means aid or assist another in the violation of any of the provisions of this chapter.
History.s. 7, ch. 16083, 1933; CGL 1936 Supp. 7315(8).
526.08 Participation of director, officer, agent, employee, or member in violations.If any firm, copartnership, association or corporation violates any of the provisions of this chapter, every director, officer, agent, employee or member participating in, aiding or authorizing the act or acts constituting a violation of this chapter shall be guilty of violating this chapter, and shall be subject to the punishment herein provided.
History.s. 8, ch. 16083, 1933; CGL 1936 Supp. 7315(9).
526.09 Department to enforce law; rules.The Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services shall enforce the provisions of this chapter. The department has authority to adopt rules pursuant to ss. 120.536(1) and 120.54 to implement the provisions of this chapter.
History.s. 11, ch. 16083, 1933; CGL 1936 Supp. 7315(12); s. 2, ch. 28114, 1953; ss. 14, 35, ch. 69-106; s. 181, ch. 98-200.
526.10 Department of Legal Affairs and state attorneys to assist in enforcing law.The Department of Legal Affairs and each state attorney shall assist in the enforcement of the provisions of this chapter upon request of the Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services. The actual, reasonable, and necessary expenses of the Department of Legal Affairs and state attorney shall be paid in connection with the performance of additional duties imposed upon them by this chapter out of the General Inspection Trust Fund.
History.s. 12, ch. 16083, 1933; CGL 1936 Supp. 7315(13); s. 2, ch. 61-119; ss. 11, 14, 35, ch. 69-106; s. 26, ch. 73-334.
526.11 Penalty for violations.Any person who shall violate any of the provisions of this chapter shall, for a first offense, be guilty of a misdemeanor of the second degree, punishable as provided in s. 775.082 or s. 775.083, and, for a second or subsequent offense, shall be guilty of a misdemeanor of the first degree, punishable as provided in s. 775.082 or s. 775.083.
History.s. 9, ch. 16083, 1933; CGL 1936 Supp. 7315(10); s. 507, ch. 71-136; s. 717, ch. 97-103.
526.111 Prohibited display of gasoline prices; penalty.
(1) It is unlawful for any person, firm, or corporation to display, or allow to be displayed on his or her premises, any sign, placard, or other advertisement relating to the retail price of gasoline unless numerals thereon indicating fractions or portions of a whole number are at least half the size of the largest whole number on such sign, and no such price of gasoline shall be advertised without the tax included. No such person, firm, or corporation shall be required to post prices pursuant to this section.
(2) Violation of the provisions of this section shall constitute a misdemeanor of the second degree, punishable as provided in s. 775.082 or s. 775.083.
History.ss. 1, 2, ch. 57-826; s. 508, ch. 71-136; s. 4, ch. 79-163; s. 718, ch. 97-103.
526.121 Pricing restrictions; separation of gasolines.
(1) The posting at retail service stations of a different price for the same grade of gasoline dispensed from one pump than from another pump supplied from a common storage at the same service station when represented to be and is sold as the same quality of gasoline is unlawful.
(2) This section shall not be construed to prohibit a price differential between a cash sale and a credit sale of the same grade of gasoline or between self-service pumps and attendant-controlled pumps supplied from a common storage at the same service station.
History.s. 1, ch. 67-506; s. 7, ch. 74-162; s. 1, ch. 82-26.
526.131 Injunction against violations.In addition to the remedies provided in this part, and notwithstanding the existence of any adequate remedy at law, the Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services is authorized to make application for injunction to a circuit court or circuit judge and such circuit court or circuit judge shall have jurisdiction, upon hearing and for cause shown, to grant a temporary or permanent injunction, or both, restraining any person from violating or continuing to violate any of the provisions of this part or from failing or refusing to comply with the requirements of this part or any rule or regulation duly promulgated, such injunction to be issued without bond.
History.s. 1, ch. 70-437; s. 1, ch. 70-439.
526.141 Self-service gasoline stations; attendants; regulations.
(1) This section authorizes the establishment of self-service gasoline stations.
(2) A “self-service gasoline station” shall be that portion of property where flammable and combustible liquids used as motor fuels are stored and subsequently dispensed from fixed, approved dispensing equipment into the fuel tanks of motor vehicles by persons other than the service station attendant.
(3) All self-service gasoline stations shall have at least one attendant on duty while the station is open to the public. The attendant’s primary function shall be the proper administration, supervision, observation, and control of the dispensing of flammable and combustible liquids used as motor fuels while such liquids are actually being dispensed. It shall be the responsibility of the attendant to prevent the dispensing of flammable and combustible liquids used as motor fuels into portable containers unless such container bears a seal of approval of a nationally recognized testing agency; to control sources of ignition; and immediately to handle accidental spills and fire extinguishers if needed. The attendant on duty shall be mentally and physically capable of performing the functions and assuming the responsibility prescribed in this subsection.
(4)(a) The “attendant control area” is that area reserved for the placing of the attendant, which shall be not more than 100 feet from the dispensing area and shall contain the fire- equipment and emergency controls.
(b) The “dispensing area” is that area where the pumps used to dispense flammable and combustible liquids used as motor fuels are located. The dispensing area shall at all times be in clear view of the attendant, and the placing or allowing of any obstruction to vision between the dispensing area and the attendant control area shall be prohibited. The attendant shall at all times be able to communicate with persons in the dispensing area. Emergency controls shall be installed at a location acceptable to the authority having jurisdiction, but controls shall not be more than 100 feet from dispensers. Operating instructions and warning signs shall be conspicuously posted in the dispensing area.
(5)(a) Every full-service gasoline station offering self-service at a lesser cost shall require an attendant employed by the station to dispense gasoline from the self-service portion of the station to any motor vehicle properly displaying an exemption parking permit as provided in s. 316.1958 or s. 320.0848 or a license plate issued pursuant to s. 320.084, s. 320.0842, s. 320.0843, or s. 320.0845 when the person to whom such permit has been issued is the operator of the vehicle and such service is requested. Such stations shall prominently display a decal no larger than 8 square inches on the front of all self-service pumps clearly stating the requirements of this subsection and the penalties applicable to violations of this subsection. The Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services shall enforce this requirement.
(b)1. When inspecting a self-service gasoline station, the Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services shall confirm that a decal is affixed to each pump. The decal must be blue, at least 15 square inches, and clearly display the international symbol of accessibility shown in s. 320.0842, the telephone number of the station, and the words “Call for Assistance.” The Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services shall adopt rules to implement and enforce this paragraph and shall confirm that the decals conform with this paragraph and are in place by July 1, 2016.
2. This paragraph does not bar a county or municipality from adopting an ordinance, or enforcing an existing ordinance, that expands the accessibility, safety, or availability of fueling assistance to a motor vehicle operator described in paragraph (a).
(c) Violation of paragraph (a) is a misdemeanor of the second degree, punishable as provided in s. 775.082 or s. 775.083.
(6) All self-service equipment used to dispense gasoline shall be approved by a nationally recognized testing agency for its intended use.
(7) A refiner, terminal supplier, wholesaler, or retailer is not liable for damages resulting from the use of incompatible motor fuel dispensed at a retail site if:
(a) The incompatible fuel meets the requirements and standards adopted under s. 525.14;
(b) The incompatible fuel was selected by the purchaser; and
(c) The retail dispenser that dispensed the incompatible fuel was properly labeled according to the labeling requirements adopted under s. 525.14.
(8) The Chief Financial Officer, under her or his powers, duties, and functions as State Fire Marshal, shall adopt rules for the administration and enforcement of this section, except for subsection (5) which shall be administered and enforced by the Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services.
History.ss. 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, ch. 74-162; s. 1, ch. 80-205; s. 1, ch. 85-323; s. 1, ch. 86-117; s. 2, ch. 89-233; s. 24, ch. 90-330; s. 69, ch. 91-220; s. 719, ch. 97-103; s. 639, ch. 2003-261; s. 30, ch. 2013-251; s. 39, ch. 2014-216.
526.142 Air and vacuum devices.A retail outlet as defined in s. 526.303 is not required to provide air or vacuum supply without charge. A political subdivision of this state may not adopt any ordinance regarding the pricing of such commodities. All such ordinances, whether existing or proposed, are preempted and superseded by general law.
History.s. 40, ch. 2014-216.
526.143 Alternate generated power capacity for motor fuel dispensing facilities.
(1) By June 1, 2007, each motor fuel terminal facility, as defined in s. 526.303(16), and each wholesaler, as defined in s. 526.303(17), which sells motor fuel in this state must be capable of operating its distribution loading racks using an alternate generated power source for a minimum of 72 hours. Pending a postdisaster examination of the equipment by the operator to determine any extenuating damage that would render it unsafe to use, the facility must have such alternate generated power source available for operation no later than 36 hours after a major disaster as defined in s. 252.34. Installation of appropriate wiring, including a transfer switch, shall be performed by a certified electrical contractor. Each business that is subject to this subsection must keep a copy of the documentation of such installation on site or at its corporate headquarters. In addition, each business must keep a written statement attesting to the periodic testing and ensured operational capacity of the equipment. The required documents must be made available, upon request, to the Division of Emergency Management and the director of the county emergency management agency.
(2) Each newly constructed or substantially renovated motor fuel retail outlet, as defined in s. 526.303(14), for which a certificate of occupancy is issued on or after July 1, 2006, shall be prewired with an appropriate transfer switch, and capable of operating all fuel pumps, dispensing equipment, lifesafety systems, and payment-acceptance equipment using an alternate generated power source. As used in this subsection, the term “substantially renovated” means a renovation that results in an increase of greater than 50 percent in the assessed value of the motor fuel retail outlet. Local building inspectors shall include this equipment and operations check in the normal inspection process before issuing a certificate of occupancy. Each retail outlet that is subject to this subsection must keep a copy of the certificate of occupancy on site or at its corporate headquarters. In addition, each retail outlet must keep a written statement attesting to the periodic testing of and ensured operational capability of the equipment. The required documents must be made available, upon request, to the Division of Emergency Management and the director of the county emergency management agency.
(3)(a) No later than June 1, 2007, each motor fuel retail outlet described in subparagraph 1., subparagraph 2., or subparagraph 3., which is located within one-half mile proximate to an interstate highway or state or federally designated evacuation route must be prewired with an appropriate transfer switch and be capable of operating all fuel pumps, dispensing equipment, lifesafety systems, and payment-acceptance equipment using an alternate generated power source:
1. A motor fuel retail outlet located in a county having a population of 300,000 or more which has 16 or more fueling positions.
2. A motor fuel retail outlet located in a county having a population of 100,000 or more, but fewer than 300,000, which has 12 or more fueling positions.
3. A motor fuel retail outlet located in a county having a population of fewer than 100,000 which has eight or more fueling positions.
(b) Installation of appropriate wiring and transfer switches must be performed by a certified electrical contractor. Each retail outlet that is subject to this subsection must keep a copy of the documentation of such installation on site or at its corporate headquarters. In addition, each retail outlet must keep a written statement attesting to the periodic testing of and ensured operational capacity of the equipment. The required documents must be made available, upon request, to the Division of Emergency Management and the director of the county emergency management agency.
(4)(a) Subsections (2) and (3) apply to any self-service, full-service, or combination self-service and full-service motor fuel retail outlet regardless of whether the retail outlet is located on the grounds of, or is owned by, another retail business establishment that does not engage in the business of selling motor fuel.
(b) Subsections (2) and (3) do not apply to:
1. An automobile dealer;
2. A person who operates a fleet of motor vehicles;
3. A person who sells motor fuel exclusively to a fleet of motor vehicles; or
4. A motor fuel retail outlet that has a written agreement with a public hospital, in a form approved by the Division of Emergency Management, wherein the public hospital agrees to provide the motor fuel retail outlet with an alternative means of power generation onsite so that the outlet’s fuel pumps may be operated in the event of a power outage.
(5)(a) Each corporation or other entity that owns 10 or more motor fuel retail outlets located within a single county shall maintain at least one portable generator that is capable of providing an alternate generated power source as required under subsection (2) for every 10 outlets. If an entity owns more than 10 outlets or a multiple of 10 outlets plus an additional 6 outlets, the entity must provide one additional generator to accommodate such additional outlets. Each portable generator must be stored within this state, or may be stored in another state if located within 250 miles of this state, and must be available for use in an affected location within 24 hours after a disaster.
(b) Each corporation or other entity that owns 10 or more motor fuel retail outlets located within a single domestic security region, as determined pursuant to s. 943.0312(1), and that does not own additional outlets located outside the domestic security region shall maintain a written document of agreement with one or more similarly equipped entities for the use of portable generators that may be used to meet the requirements of paragraph (a) and that are located within this state but outside the affected domestic security region. The agreement may be reciprocal, may allow for payment for services rendered by the providing entity, and must guarantee the availability of the portable generators to an affected location within 24 hours after a disaster.
(c) Upon written request, the department may temporarily waive the requirements in paragraphs (a) and (b) if the generators are used in preparation for or response to an emergency or major disaster in another state. The waiver shall be in writing and include a beginning and ending date. The waiver may provide additional conditions as deemed necessary by the department. The waiver may be modified or terminated by the department if the Governor declares an emergency.
(d) For purposes of this section, ownership of a motor fuel retail outlet is the owner of record of the fuel storage systems operating at the location, as identified in the Department of Environmental Protection underground storage facilities registry pursuant to s. 376.303(1).
History.s. 9, ch. 2006-71; s. 27, ch. 2012-67.
526.144 Florida Disaster Motor Fuel Supplier Program.
(1)(a) There is created the Florida Disaster Motor Fuel Supplier Program within the Division of Emergency Management.
(b) Participation in the program shall be at the option of each county governing body. In counties choosing to participate in the program, the local emergency management agency shall be primarily responsible for administering the program within those counties. Nothing in this section requires participation in the program.
(c) In participating counties, the Florida Disaster Motor Fuel Supplier Program shall allow any retail motor fuel outlet doing business in those counties to participate in a network of emergency responders to provide fuel supplies and services to government agencies, medical institutions and facilities, critical infrastructure, and other responders, as well as the general public, during a declared disaster as described in s. 252.36(2).
(d) Retail motor fuel outlets doing business in participating counties that choose to become members of the Florida Disaster Motor Fuel Supplier Program must be able to demonstrate the capability to provide onsite fuel dispensing services to other members of the State Emergency Response Team within 24 hours after a major disaster has occurred and agree to make such service available as needed. Local emergency management agencies may determine appropriate measures for determining such readiness, including acceptance of a written attestation from the retail motor fuel outlet, a copy of an executed contract for services, or other documents or activities that demonstrate readiness. Participating retail motor fuel outlets may choose to sell motor fuel through a preexisting contract with local, state, or federal response agencies or may provide point-of-sale service to such agencies. In addition, participating retail motor fuel outlets may choose to sell motor fuel to the general public upon compliance with requirements to provide service under ss. 252.35 and 252.38 as directed by county or state emergency management officials. This section does not preclude any retail motor fuel outlet from selling fuel during lawful operating hours. Nonparticipating motor fuel retail outlets may not operate during declared curfew hours. If requested, appropriate law enforcement or security personnel may be provided through emergency management protocol to the participating business for the purpose of maintaining civil order during operating hours.
(e) Motor fuel outlets that choose to participate in the Florida Disaster Motor Fuel Supplier Program pursuant to paragraph (d) may be issued a State Emergency Response Team logo by the participating county emergency management agency for public display to alert emergency responders and the public that the business is capable of assisting in an emergency.
(f) Counties that choose to participate in the Florida Disaster Motor Fuel Supplier Program may charge a fee to cover the actual costs of accepting a retail motor fuel outlet into the program, including the cost of performing any required review, filing of necessary forms, and producing logo decals for public display. Additional charges may not be imposed for processing individual documents associated with the program. Funds collected shall be deposited into an appropriate county operating account.
(2) Persons who are designated as members of the State Emergency Response Team and who can produce appropriate identification, as determined by state or county emergency management officials, shall be given priority for purchasing fuel at businesses designated as members of the State Emergency Response Team. A business may be directed by county or state emergency management officials to remain open during a declared curfew in order to provide service for emergency personnel. Under such direction, the business is not in violation of the curfew and may not be penalized for such operation and the emergency personnel are not in violation of the curfew. A person traveling during a curfew must be able to produce valid official documentation of his or her position with the State Emergency Response Team or the local emergency management agency. Such documentation may include, but need not be limited to, a current SERT identification badge, current law enforcement or other response agency identification or shield, current health care employee identification card, or current government services identification card indicating a critical services position.
(3) A business that is designated as a member of the State Emergency Response Team may request priority in receiving a resupply of fuel in order to continue service to emergency responders. Such request is not binding but shall be considered by emergency management officials in determining appropriate response actions.
(4)(a) Notwithstanding any other law or local ordinance and for the purpose of ensuring an appropriate emergency management response following major disasters in this state, the regulation, siting, and placement of alternate power source capabilities and equipment at motor fuel terminal facilities, motor fuel wholesalers, and motor fuel retail sales outlets are preempted to the state.
(b) Notwithstanding any other law or other ordinance and for the purpose of ensuring an appropriate emergency management response following major disasters in this state, the regulation of all other retail establishments participating in such response shall be as follows:
1. Regulation of retail establishments that meet the standards created by the Division of Emergency Management in the report required in s. 8, chapter 2006-71, Laws of Florida, by July 1, 2007, is preempted to the state and until such standards are adopted, the regulation of these retail establishments is preempted to the state;
2. The division shall provide written certification of such preemption to retail establishments that qualify and shall provide such information to local governments upon request; and
3. Regulation of retail establishments that do not meet the operational standards is subject to local government laws or ordinances.
History.s. 10, ch. 2006-71; s. 114, ch. 2010-5; s. 408, ch. 2011-142.
526.301 Short title.This act may be cited as the “Motor Fuel Marketing Practices Act.”
History.s. 1, ch. 85-74.
526.302 Legislative findings and intent.The Legislature finds that fair and healthy competition in the marketing of motor fuel provides maximum benefits to consumers in this state, and that certain marketing practices which impair such competition are contrary to the public interest. Predatory practices and, under certain conditions, discriminatory practices, are unfair trade practices and restraints which adversely affect motor fuel competition. It is the intent of the Legislature to encourage competition and promote the general welfare of citizens of this state by prohibiting such unfair practices.
History.s. 2, ch. 85-74.
526.303 Definitions.As used in this act:
(1) “Affiliate” means any person whose stock is more than 50 percent owned by, or who, regardless of stock ownership, is controlled by, or who, regardless of stock ownership, is under common control with, any refiner.
(2) “Competition” means the vying for motor fuel sales between any two sellers in the same relevant geographic market.
(3) “Dealer” means any person, other than a refiner or wholesaler, who is engaged in the business of selling motor fuel at a retail outlet.
(4) “Direct labor cost” means the personnel costs incurred at a retail outlet attributable to providing motor fuel sales at a retail outlet and includes, without limitation, the personnel costs relating to the purchase, storage, inventory, and sale of motor fuel, the maintenance of equipment, and environmental reporting and compliance, but does not include the costs of environmental cleanup or remediation. In no case shall the direct labor cost be less than the cost of one employee’s salary and benefits, based upon that employee’s working those hours in which the retail outlet is providing motor fuel available to the public.
(5) “Motor fuel” means any petroleum product, including any special fuel, which is used for the propulsion of motor vehicles.
(6) “Nonrefiner” means any person, other than a refiner, engaged in the sale of motor fuel.
(7) “Nonrefiner cost” means: the nonrefiner’s invoice cost of the motor fuel, by grade, less credit card allowances, trade discounts, and rebates actually received, to which shall be added federal, state, and local taxes and inspection fees applicable to motor fuel; freight charges to the retail outlet; and direct labor costs and the reasonable rental value of the retail outlet attributable to the sale of motor fuel by the nonrefiner. If motor fuel is sold with another item at a combined price, nonrefiner motor fuel cost shall also include the cost of the other item and the direct labor costs and the reasonable rental value of the retail outlet attributable to the retail sale of the item by the nonrefiner.
(8) “Posted terminal price” means a refiner’s posted price at a terminal, by grade of motor fuel, to the wholesale class of trade within a general trade area. If a refiner does not have a posted terminal price in a general trade area, such refiner’s posted terminal price shall be deemed to be no lower than the lowest posted terminal price of motor fuel of like grade and quality of any other refiner selling to the wholesale class of trade in the general trade area.
(9) “Reasonable rental value” means the bona fide amount of rent which would reasonably be paid in an arm’s length transaction for the use of the specific individual retail outlet, including land and improvements, utilized for the sale of motor fuel. The value of the land and improvements shall include the costs of equipment; signage; utilities, property taxes, and insurance, if paid by the owner; and environmental compliance, such as testing, detection, and containment systems; but does not include the costs of environmental cleanup and remediation. In determining the reasonable rental value of the specific retail outlet, the rental amount of comparable retail outlets in the relevant geographic market shall be considered. When motor fuel is sold at the retail level along with other products, the reasonable rental value attributable to the sale of motor fuel at the retail outlet shall be allocated by the percentage of gross sales attributable to motor fuel sales.
(10) “Refiner” means any person who stores or exchanges motor fuel at a terminal facility in this state and who sells or transfers motor fuel through the loading rack at such terminal facility, and includes an affiliate of such refiner with respect to such affiliate’s sale of motor fuel.
(11) “Refiner cost” means a refiner’s posted terminal price plus state, federal, and local taxes and inspection fees applicable to motor fuel, and freight charges to its retail outlet, and direct labor costs and reasonable rental value of the retail outlet attributable to the retail sale of motor fuel by the refiner. If motor fuel is sold with another item, at a combined price, refiner cost shall also include the cost of the other item and direct labor costs and reasonable rental value of the retail outlet attributable to the retail sale of the item by the refiner.
(12) “Relevant geographic market” means the geographic area of effective competition.
(13) “Rent” means the payment of an amount by an individual or agency in return for the right to occupy or use the property of another.
(14) “Retail outlet” means a facility, including land and improvements, where motor fuel is offered for sale, at retail, to the motoring public.
(15) “Sale” or “sell” means any transfer, gift, sale, offer for sale, or advertisement for sale in any manner or by any means whatsoever, including any transfer of motor fuel from a person to itself or an affiliate at another level of distribution, but does not include product exchanges at the wholesale level of distribution.
(16) “Terminal facility” means any inland, waterfront, or offshore appurtenance on land used for the purpose of storing, handling, or transferring motor fuel, but does not include bulk storage facilities owned or operated by a wholesaler.
(17) “Wholesaler” means any person, other than a refiner or dealer, who purchases motor fuel at a terminal facility and supplies motor fuel to retail outlets.
History.s. 3, ch. 85-74; s. 1, ch. 87-158; s. 1, ch. 90-354; s. 1, ch. 91-247.
526.304 Predatory practices unlawful; exceptions.
(1)(a) It is unlawful for any refiner engaged in commerce in this state to sell any grade or quality of motor fuel at a retail outlet below refiner cost, where the effect is to injure competition.
(b) It is unlawful for any nonrefiner engaged in commerce in this state to sell any grade or quality of motor fuel at a retail outlet below nonrefiner cost, where the effect is to injure competition.
(2)(a) An isolated, inadvertent incident involving activity prohibited pursuant to subsection (1) or subsection (3) shall not be a violation of this act.
(b) A refiner’s sale below refiner cost or a nonrefiner’s sale below nonrefiner cost made in good faith to meet an equally low retail price of a competitor selling motor fuel of like grade in the same relevant geographic market which can be used in the same motor vehicle, or of the same or similar items in combination with motor fuel of like grade which can be used in the same motor vehicle, is not a violation of this act.
(3) Notwithstanding any other provision of law to the contrary, it is unlawful for a refiner, including any affiliate or agent thereof, to sell any grade of motor fuel at a retail outlet at a price that is below the price charged by that refiner to any wholesaler or dealer under written contract for the like grade and quality of motor fuel, to the extent that the wholesaler or dealer resells in the relevant geographic market where the refiner’s retail price is in effect.
History.s. 4, ch. 85-74; s. 2, ch. 87-158; s. 2, ch. 91-247.
526.305 Discriminatory practices unlawful; exceptions.
(1) It is unlawful for any person engaged in commerce in this state:
(a) To sell for resale any grade of motor fuel at a price lower than the price at which the seller contemporaneously sells motor fuel of like grade and quality to another person on the same level of distribution, in the same class of trade, and within the same relevant geographic market as the purchaser; or
(b) To knowingly receive for resale any grade of motor fuel at a price lower than the price at which the seller from which the motor fuel is purchased or received contemporaneously sells motor fuel of like grade and quality to another person on the same level of distribution, in the same class of trade, and within the same relevant geographic market as the purchaser;

where the effect is to injure competition.

(2) A sale of motor fuel of like grade and quality at different prices to persons at the same level of distribution is not a violation of this section if the difference in price is due to a difference in the cost of sale or delivery resulting from differing methods or quantities in which the grade of motor fuel is sold or delivered.
(3) Subject to the limitations of s. 526.304(3), a sale made in good faith to meet an equally low price of a competitor selling motor fuel of like grade which can be used in the same motor vehicle is not a violation of this section.
(4) It is unlawful for a refiner to sell any grade of motor fuel to a wholesaler under written contract at a price, after adding federal, state, and local taxes and inspection fees, which is higher than the net price, after deducting all allowances, rebates, and discounts, at which the refiner contemporaneously sells motor fuel of like grade and quality to a dealer in competition with any retail outlet supplied by such wholesaler, where the effect is to injure competition; except to the extent that the difference in price is attributable to a rebate, rent subsidy, or other concession which is offered to the wholesaler on proportionately equal or comparable terms.
(5) An isolated, inadvertent incident involving the activity prohibited pursuant to subsection (1) or subsection (4) shall not be a violation of this act.
History.s. 5, ch. 85-74; s. 70, ch. 87-225; s. 3, ch. 91-247.
526.306 Discriminatory allocations unlawful.
(1) It is unlawful for a supplier engaged in commerce in this state to limit or allocate the quantity of motor fuel available to a reseller purchasing under contract from such supplier because such reseller was prevented by such supplier from purchasing the minimum quantities such reseller was obligated to purchase from such supplier in the immediately preceding year, unless the limitations or allocations are applied in a reasonable and nondiscriminatory manner among all resellers supplied by such supplier under contract in a general trade area and the supplier’s own retail outlets.
(2) It is also unlawful for a supplier to limit or allocate for more than 5 days the quantity of motor fuel available to a reseller purchasing under contract from such supplier, unless the limitations or allocations are applied in a reasonable and nondiscriminatory manner among all resellers supplied by such supplier under contract in a general trade area and the supplier’s own retail outlets.
History.s. 6, ch. 85-74.
526.307 Unfair practices unlawful.
(1) It shall be unlawful for a refiner or other supplier to fix or maintain the retail price of motor fuel at a retail outlet supplied by that refiner or supplier. Nothing herein shall be construed to prevent a refiner or supplier from counseling concerning retail prices, provided no threat or coercion is used in the counseling. This subsection shall not apply to retail outlets operated by the refiner or supplier.
(2) It is unlawful for a supplier supplying motor fuel to a person for resale and leasing a retail outlet to the person to impose any material modification in the contractual arrangements during the term of the contract, including a material modification of the leased retail outlet, unless such modification is made in good faith and based upon reasonable business practices.
History.s. 7, ch. 85-74.
526.308 Certain rebates unlawful.It is unlawful for any seller to offer or give a rebate, rent subsidy, or concession of any kind in connection, either directly or indirectly, with the sale of motor fuel for resale to a person when the seller does not provide, on proportionately equal terms, the same rebate, rent subsidy, or concession, or the equivalent of the rebate, rent subsidy, or concession, to all persons purchasing for resale in the relevant geographic market, where the effect is to injure competition. If a wholesaler receives a rebate, rent subsidy, or concession, the wholesaler must offer the rebate, rent subsidy, or concession, or the equivalent of the rebate, rent subsidy, or concession, to any retail outlet supplied by such wholesaler on proportionately equal terms. However, a rebate, rent subsidy, or concession made in good faith to meet the same or a comparable rebate, rent subsidy, or concession of a competitor shall not be a violation of this act, provided that a refiner who sells motor fuel to any wholesaler or dealer under written contract for resale in the relevant geographic market shall offer the rebate, rent subsidy, or concession, or the equivalent of such rebate, rent subsidy, or concession, to all other similarly situated wholesalers and dealers on proportionately equal terms.
History.s. 8, ch. 85-74; s. 4, ch. 91-247.
526.309 Exempt sales.The provisions of this act shall not apply to the following retail sales by a refiner:
(1) A bona fide clearance sale for the purpose of discontinuing trade in such motor fuel.
(2) A final business liquidation sale.
(3) A sale of the refiner’s motor fuel by a fiduciary or other officer under the order or direction of any court.
(4) Sales made during a grand opening to introduce a new or remodeled business not to exceed 3 days, which grand opening shall be held within 60 days from the date the new or remodeled business begins operations.
History.s. 9, ch. 85-74.
526.311 Enforcement; civil penalties; injunctive relief.
(1) A person who knowingly violates this act shall be subject to a civil penalty in the Class III category pursuant to s. 570.971 for each violation. Each day that a violation of this act occurs shall be considered a separate violation, but the civil penalty may not exceed $250,000. Such a person shall also be liable for attorney fees and shall be subject to an action for injunctive relief.
(2) The Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services shall investigate any complaints regarding violations of this act and may request in writing the production of documents and records as part of its investigation of a complaint. If the person upon whom such request was made fails to produce the documents or records within 30 days after the date of the request, the department, through the department’s office of general counsel, may issue and serve a subpoena to compel the production of such documents and records. If any person shall refuse to comply with a subpoena issued under this section, the department may petition a court of competent jurisdiction to enforce the subpoena and assess such sanctions as the court may direct. Refiners shall afford the department reasonable access to the refiners’ posted terminal price. Any records, documents, papers, maps, books, tapes, photographs, files, sound recordings, or other business material, regardless of form or characteristics, obtained by the department are confidential and exempt from the provisions of s. 119.07(1) and s. 24(a), Art. I of the State Constitution while the investigation is pending. At the conclusion of an investigation, any matter determined by the department or by a judicial or administrative body, federal or state, to be a trade secret or proprietary confidential business information held by the department pursuant to such investigation shall be considered confidential and exempt from the provisions of s. 119.07(1) and s. 24(a), Art. I of the State Constitution. Such materials may be used in any administrative or judicial proceeding so long as the confidential or proprietary nature of the material is maintained.
(3) The civil penalty imposed under this section may be assessed and recovered in a civil action brought by the department in any court of competent jurisdiction. If the department prevails in a civil action, the court may award it reasonable attorneys’ fees as it deems appropriate. All funds recovered by the department shall be deposited into the General Inspection Trust Fund.
History.s. 10, ch. 85-74; s. 3, ch. 87-158; s. 39, ch. 91-220; s. 5, ch. 91-247; s. 1, ch. 95-124; s. 339, ch. 96-406; s. 39, ch. 2000-258; s. 17, ch. 2000-308; s. 50, ch. 2014-150.
526.312 Enforcement; private actions; injunctive relief.
(1) Any person injured as a result of an act or practice which violates this act may bring a civil action for appropriate relief, including an action for a declaratory judgment, injunctive relief, and actual damages.
(2) On the application for a temporary restraining order or a preliminary injunction, the court, in its discretion having due regard for the public interest, may require or dispense with the requirement of a bond, with or without surety, as conditions and circumstances may require. If a bond is required, the amount shall not be greater than $50,000. Upon proper application by the plaintiff, the court shall grant preliminary injunctive relief if the plaintiff shows:
(a) That he or she is a proper person to seek the relief requested.
(b) There exist sufficiently serious questions going to the merits to make such questions a fair ground for litigation; and the court determines, on balance, the hardships imposed on the defendant and the public interest by the issuance of such preliminary injunctive relief will be less than the hardship which would be imposed on the plaintiff if such preliminary injunctive relief were not granted.

The standards specified in paragraphs (a) and (b) shall also apply to actions for injunctive relief brought by the department under s. 526.311.

(3) Any actual damages found to have resulted from violations of this act may be trebled by the court.
(4) The court shall award a reasonable attorney’s fee to the prevailing plaintiff and may award a reasonable attorney’s fee to the prevailing defendant.
History.s. 11, ch. 85-74; s. 6, ch. 91-247; s. 720, ch. 97-103; s. 40, ch. 2000-258; s. 18, ch. 2000-308.
526.313 Limitations period for actions.Any action brought by the department shall be brought within 2 years after the alleged violation occurred or should reasonably have been discovered. Any action brought by any other person shall be brought within 1 year after the alleged violation occurred or should reasonably have been discovered, except that a private action brought under s. 526.305 for unlawful price discrimination shall be brought within 2 years from the date the alleged violation occurred or should reasonably have been discovered.
History.s. 12, ch. 85-74; s. 41, ch. 2000-258; s. 19, ch. 2000-308.
PART II
SALE OF BRAKE FLUID
526.50 Definition of terms.
526.51 Registration; renewal and fees; departmental expenses; cancellation or refusal to issue or renew.
526.52 Specifications; adulteration and misbranding.
526.53 Enforcement; inspection and analysis, stop-sale and disposition, regulations.
526.54 Certified copy of analysis as evidence.
526.55 Violation and penalties.
526.56 Injunction against violations.
526.50 Definition of terms.As used in this part:
(1) “Brake fluid” means the fluid intended for use as the liquid medium through which force is transmitted in the hydraulic brake system of a vehicle operated upon the highways.
(2) “Department” means the Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services.
(3) “Sell” includes give, distribute, barter, exchange, trade, keep for sale, offer for sale or expose for sale, in any of their variant forms.
(4) “Labeling” includes all written, printed or graphic representations, in any form whatsoever, imprinted upon or affixed to any container of brake fluid.
(5) “Container” means any receptacle in which brake fluid is immediately contained when sold, but does not mean a carton or wrapping in which a number of such receptacles are shipped or stored or a tank car or truck.
(6) “Registrant” means any manufacturer, packer, distributor, seller, or other person who has registered a brake fluid with the department.
(7) “Brand” means the product name appearing on the label of a container of brake fluid.
(8) “Formula” means the name of the chemical mixture or composition of the brake fluid product.
History.s. 1, ch. 61-390; ss. 14, 35, ch. 69-106; s. 79, ch. 92-291; s. 28, ch. 2012-67; s. 15, ch. 2014-147.
526.51 Registration; renewal and fees; departmental expenses; cancellation or refusal to issue or renew.
(1)(a) Application for registration of each brand of brake fluid shall be made on forms supplied by the department. The applicant shall give his or her name and address and the brand name of the brake fluid, state that he or she owns the brand name and has complete control over the product sold thereunder in this state, and provide the name and address of the resident agent in this state. If the applicant does not own the brand name but wishes to register the product with the department, a notarized affidavit that gives the applicant full authorization to register the brand name and that is signed by the owner of the brand name must accompany the application for registration. The affidavit must include all affected brand names, the owner’s company or corporate name and address, the applicant’s company or corporate name and address, and a statement from the owner authorizing the applicant to register the product with the department. The owner of the brand name shall maintain complete control over each product sold under that brand name in this state. All first-time applications for a brand and formula combination must be accompanied by a certified report from an independent testing laboratory, setting forth the analysis of the brake fluid which shows its quality to be not less than the specifications established by the department for brake fluids. A sample of not less than 24 fluid ounces of brake fluid shall be submitted, in a container with a label printed in the same manner that it will be labeled when sold, and the sample and container shall be analyzed and inspected by the department in order that compliance with the department’s specifications and labeling requirements may be verified. Upon approval of the application, the department shall register the brand name of the brake fluid and issue to the applicant a permit authorizing the registrant to sell the brake fluid in this state. The registration certificate shall expire 12 months after the date of issue.
(b) Each applicant shall pay a fee of $100 with each application. A permit may be renewed by application to the department, accompanied by a renewal fee of $50 on or before the expiration of the previously issued permit. To reregister a previously registered brand and formula combination, an applicant must submit a completed application and all materials as required in this section to the department before the expiration of the previously issued permit. A brand and formula combination for which a completed application and all materials required in this section are not received before the expiration of the previously issued permit may not be registered with the department until a completed application and all materials required in this section have been received and approved. If the brand and formula combination was previously registered with the department and a fee, application, or materials required in this section are received after the expiration of the previously issued permit, a penalty of $25 accrues, which shall be added to the fee. Renewals shall be accepted only on brake fluids that have no change in formula, composition, or brand name. Any change in formula, composition, or brand name of a brake fluid constitutes a new product that must be registered in accordance with this part.
(c) If a registered brand and formula combination is no longer in production for distribution in this state, in order to ensure that any remaining product still available for sale in this state is properly registered, the registrant must submit a notarized affidavit on company letterhead to the department certifying that:
1. The stated brand and formula combination is no longer in production;
2. The stated brand and formula combination will not be distributed in this state; and
3. Either all existing product of the stated brand and formula combination will be removed by the registrant from the state within 30 days after the expiration of the registration or that the registrant will reregister the brand and formula combination for 2 subsequent years.

If production resumes, the brand and formula combination must be reregistered before it is again distributed in this state.

(2) All fees collected under the provisions of this section shall be credited to the General Inspection Trust Fund of the department and all expenses incurred in the enforcement of this part shall be paid from said fund.
(3) The department may cancel or refuse to issue any registration and permit after due notice and opportunity to be heard if it finds that the brake fluid is adulterated or misbranded or that the registrant has failed to comply with the provisions of this part or the rules adopted pursuant to this section.
History.s. 1, ch. 61-390; s. 2, ch. 61-119; s. 721, ch. 97-103; s. 7, ch. 2007-232; s. 29, ch. 2012-67; s. 16, ch. 2014-147.
526.52 Specifications; adulteration and misbranding.
(1) The department shall establish specifications for brake fluid which shall promote the public safety in the operation of automotive vehicles and may amend such specifications by regulation, but in no event shall the specifications for brake fluid fall below the minimum specifications established by the Society of Automotive Engineers for brake fluid, heavy-duty-type.
(2) A brake fluid is deemed to be adulterated if its contents have been changed after registration, without reregistration, or its quality or characteristics fall below the specification for brake fluid established by the department.
(3) Brake fluid is deemed to be misbranded:
(a) If its container does not bear on its side or top a label on which is printed the name and place of business of the registrant of the product, the words “brake fluid,” and a statement that the product therein equals or exceeds the minimum specification of the Society of Automotive Engineers for brake fluid, heavy-duty-type, the United States Department of Transportation Motor Vehicle Safety Standard No. 116, or other specified standard identified in department rule. The department may require by rule that the duty-type classification appear on the label.
(b) If the container does not bear on its side or top an accurate statement of the quantity of the contents in terms of liquid measure.
(c) If the labeling on the container is false or misleading in any particular.
(4) The words and letters required by this section shall appear on the label in legible type, in English.
History.s. 1, ch. 61-390; s. 30, ch. 2012-67.
526.53 Enforcement; inspection and analysis, stop-sale and disposition, regulations.
(1) The department shall enforce the provisions of this part through the department, and may sample, inspect, analyze, and test any brake fluid manufactured, packed, or sold within this state. The department shall have free access during business hours to all premises, buildings, vehicles, cars, or vessels used in the manufacture, packing, storage, sale, or transportation of brake fluid, and may open any box, carton, parcel, or container of brake fluid and take samples for inspection and analysis or for evidence.
(2)(a) If any brake fluid is sold in violation of any of the provisions of this part, all such brake fluid of the same brand name shall be placed under a stop-sale order by the department by serving the owner of the brand name, the distributor, or other entity responsible for selling or distributing the product in this state with the stop-sale order. The department shall withdraw its stop-sale order upon the removal of the violation or upon voluntary destruction of the product, or other disposal approved by the department, under the supervision of the department.
(b) In addition to being subject to the stop-sale procedures, unregistered brake fluid shall be held by the department or its representative, at a place to be designated in the stop-sale order, until properly registered and released in writing by the department or its representative. If application has not been made for registration of such product within 30 days after issue of the stop-sale order, the department or, with the consent of the department, the representative may give the product that meets legal specifications to any tax-supported institution or agency of the state. If application has not been made for registration of the product within 30 days after issuance of the stop-order sale and the product fails to meet legal specifications, the product may be disposed of as authorized by rule of the department.
(3) Any brake fluid which becomes the subject of a court proceeding shall be disposed of by order of the court.
(4) The department may adopt and enforce such rules as are necessary to carry out the provisions of this part.
(5) No labeling relating to any brake fluid shall contain any statement that the brake fluid has been approved by the department. However, a statement that the brake fluid has been registered by the department may be included in such labeling.
History.s. 1, ch. 61-390; s. 1, ch. 71-118; s. 80, ch. 92-291; s. 31, ch. 2012-67.
526.54 Certified copy of analysis as evidence.A certified copy of the analysis made by the department shall be admitted as prima facie evidence in any court proceeding involving the inspection, analysis, standards or specifications of brake fluid as defined and covered by this part.
History.s. 1, ch. 61-390.
526.55 Violation and penalties.
(1) It is unlawful:
(a) To sell any brake fluid that is adulterated or misbranded, not registered, or on which a permit has not been issued.
(b) For anyone to remove any stop-sale order placed on a product by the department, or any product upon which a stop-sale order has been placed.
(2) If the department finds that a person has violated or is operating in violation of ss. 526.50–526.56 or the rules or orders adopted thereunder, the department may, by order:
(a) Issue a notice of noncompliance pursuant to s. 120.695;
(b) Impose an administrative fine in the Class II category pursuant to s. 570.971 for each violation;
(c) Direct that the person cease and desist specified activities;
(d) Revoke or suspend a registration, or refuse to register a product; or
(e) Place the registrant on probation for a period of time, subject to conditions as the department may specify.
(3) The administrative proceedings seeking entry of an order imposing any of the penalties specified in subsection (2) are governed by chapter 120.
(4) If a registrant is found to be in violation of ss. 526.50-526.56 and fails to pay a fine within 30 days after imposition of the fine, the department may suspend all registrations issued to the registrant by the department until the fine is paid.
(5) All fines collected by the department under this section shall be deposited into the General Inspection Trust Fund.
History.s. 1, ch. 61-390; s. 509, ch. 71-136; s. 722, ch. 97-103; s. 32, ch. 2012-67; s. 51, ch. 2014-150.
526.56 Injunction against violations.In addition to the remedies provided in this law, and notwithstanding the existence of any adequate remedy at law, the department is hereby authorized to make application for injunction to a circuit court or circuit judge and such circuit court or circuit judge shall have jurisdiction upon hearing and for cause shown to grant a temporary or permanent injunction, or both, restraining any person from violating or continuing to violate any of the provisions of this law or for failing or refusing to comply with the requirements of this law or any rule or regulation duly promulgated as in this law authorized, such injunction to be issued without bond.
History.s. 1, ch. 61-390; ss. 14, 35, ch. 69-106.