(a) As used in this rule, an advertisement is any informational communication, including oral, written, electronic, broadcast or any other type of communication, made to members, prospective members, or to the public at large in any manner designed to attract attention to the business of a credit union. (b) No credit union shall disseminate or cause the dissemination of any advertisement that is in any way intentionally or negligently false, deceptive, or misleading. An advertisement shall be deemed by the Commissioner to be intentionally or negligently false, deceptive, or misleading if it: (1) contains materially false claims or misrepresentations of material facts; (2) contains materially implied false claims or implied misrepresentations of material fact; (3) omits material facts; (4) makes a representation likely to create an unjustified expectation about credit union products or services; (5) states that the credit union's services are superior to or of a higher quality than that of another financial institution unless the credit union can factually substantiate the statement; (6) states that a service is free when it is not, or contains intentionally untruthful or deceptive claims regarding costs and fees; and (7) fails to disclose that membership is required to participate in or enjoy the advantage of the product or service (does not apply to advertisement to current members). (c) Prior to placing an advertisement, a credit union must possess credible information which, when produced, substantiates the truthfulness of any assertion, representation or omission of material fact set forth in the advertisement. (d) If the Commissioner notifies a credit union that an advertisement is deemed to be false, deceptive or misleading, the credit union will have ten days following the credit union's receipt of the notification to provide the Commissioner with information substantiating the truthfulness of the advertisement. If the credit union does not provide this information or the Commissioner, after receipt of the information, still deems the advertisement to be false, deceptive or misleading, the Commissioner may issue a cease and desist order to the credit union to stop the use of the advertisement.
Source Note: The provisions of this §91.125 adopted to be effective November 16, 2005, 30 TexReg 7432