California Financial Code
No person shall advertise, print, display, publish, distribute, or broadcast, or cause or permit to be advertised, printed, displayed, published, distributed, or broadcast, in any manner in connection with the business of an industrial loan company any statement or representation with regard to the rates, terms, or conditions for making or negotiating loans, or with regard to investment certificates, which is false, misleading, or deceptive.
An industrial loan company shall not use any advertising which refers to the supervision of such company by the state or any department or official thereof.
An industrial loan company shall not use any advertising nor make any representations which indicate, imply or might lead a person to believe that the company is a savings association.
An industrial loan company shall not use any advertising nor make any representations which indicate, infer or might lead a person to believe that investment certificates are insured unless such is the fact.
(a) Except as provided in subdivision (b), industrial loan company which issues thrift certificates shall not use any thrift advertisement which refers to the industrial loan company's ownership by, or affiliation with, any other entity unless the advertisement also discloses in as prominent a manner and as large a type size as the referenced ownership or affiliation was stated, whether or not the owner or affiliate so named guarantees thrift certificates issued by the industrial loan company.
(b) (1) Subdivision (a) applies to an insured company when the other entity guarantees the thrift certificates issued by the insured company.
(2) Subdivision (a) does not apply to an insured company when the other entity does not guarantee the thrift certificates issued by the insured company and the advertisement referring to the insured company's ownership by, or affiliation with, the other entity does not state or imply that the assets or reserves of the other entity may be used to guarantee thrift certificates of the insured company.
If an industrial loan company refers in any advertisement to rates of charge, discount, charges or costs of loans, those charges shall be stated fully and clearly in a manner as may be necessary to prevent misunderstanding thereof by prospective borrowers and to give adequate information to prospective borrowers. If the rates or costs advertised do not apply to loans of all classes, this fact shall be clearly indicated in the advertisement.
An industrial loan company shall not use any advertisement after its use has been disapproved by the commissioner and the industrial loan company has been notified in writing of the disapproval. Commencing July 1, 1990, the commissioner may require a company to obtain written or oral approval of any advertisement for investment or thrift certificates prior to publication thereof in order to avoid false, misleading, or deceptive advertising.
The commissioner may require an industrial loan company to maintain a file of all advertising copy for a period of 12 months from the date of its use. The file shall be available to the commissioner upon request.