Chapter 522 Commission Merchants

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Published: 2015

CHAPTER 522
COMMISSION MERCHANTS

522.01 Fruit or produce brokers to make return of account sales.

522.02 Persons presumed to be doing business in state.

522.03 Liability of broker for loss by reason of delayed account sales; measure of damages.

522.04 Liability of broker in case of failure to return account sales.

522.05 Penalty for failure of commission merchant to make returns.

522.06 Produce commission merchant to furnish shipper duplicate sales account; shipper to have access to certain records; proviso.

522.07 Violation of regulations as to sale of produce on commissions.

522.01 Fruit or produce brokers to make return of account sales.—Any person doing in this state the business of fruit or produce broker or commission merchant, receiving pineapples in carlots or less, grown in this state for shipment or consignment, shall make return of all account sales showing the cost and expenses charged against the returns, together with the name and address of the purchaser, within 10 days of the sale.
History.—s. 1, ch. 6235, 1911; RGS 4938; CGL 7025.

522.02 Persons presumed to be doing business in state.—Any person maintaining an office or soliciting personally or by agent such business in this state shall be presumed to be doing business in this state.
History.—s. 2, ch. 6235, 1911; RGS 4939; CGL 7026.

522.03 Liability of broker for loss by reason of delayed account sales; measure of damages.—Any person doing the business of fruit or produce broker or commission merchant, receiving pineapples in carlots or less, grown in this state for shipment or consignment, and who has not returned an account sales showing the cost and expenses charged against the returns, also the name and address of the purchaser, within 10 days of the sale, shall be liable in damages for any loss by reason of delayed account sales. The loss a shipper or consignor may sustain on cars of pineapples consigned to the said person over what she or he could have obtained in other markets or by other agencies shall be considered a proximate damage from the delayed account sales. The measure of damages shall be the difference between the prevailing price in the general market at time of receipt by consignee and the price received for such cars or less, of pineapples consigned to said broker or commission merchant between the time the account sales were due and the time received.
History.—s. 4, ch. 6235, 1911; RGS 4940; CGL 7027; s. 699, ch. 97-103.

522.04 Liability of broker in case of failure to return account sales.—In any suit for accounting against any person, doing the business of fruit or produce broker or commission merchant receiving pineapples in carlots or less, grown in this state for shipment or consignment, and who has not returned an account sales showing the cost and expenses charged against the returns, with the name and address of the purchaser, within 10 days of the sale, such person shall be held accountable to the shipper or consignee of said carlots, or less, of fruit for the full market price at the time of the receipt by such person of the said shipment or consignment.
History.—s. 5, ch. 6235, 1911; RGS 4941; CGL 7028.

522.05 Penalty for failure of commission merchant to make returns.—Any person, or agent or servant of such person failing to comply with the provisions of s. 522.01 shall be guilty of a misdemeanor of the second degree, punishable as provided in s. 775.083.
History.—s. 3, ch. 6235, 1911; RGS 5666; CGL 7869; s. 496, ch. 71-136.

522.06 Produce commission merchant to furnish shipper duplicate sales account; shipper to have access to certain records; proviso.—All persons engaged in the business of selling any produce or other article on commission in this state shall, if the produce or other thing of value be shipped to them by any person from any place in the state, when the same is sold by them, issue in duplicate a sales account which shall prescribe the kind, quantity, quality and price received for the produce or article sold, and with check shall cause same to be delivered by mail or otherwise, within 7 days of such sale, to the party furnishing the produce or article for sale, and should such sale be unsatisfactory to the party furnishing said produce or article for sale, then at her or his request the commission house shall furnish to her or him, within 5 days, the name or names, and residences of the purchaser of said produce or article; she or he shall also have access to the original sales papers and books showing the name and address of the purchaser of the produce or article, to the commission house selling said produce or article, and every reasonable assistance extended to her or him to her or his satisfaction in the matter; provided, that the provisions of this section shall not apply to any consignment, or part thereof, sold at retail or in less quantity than original packages, nor to produce consigned to retail merchants, nor to lumber or naval stores.
History.—ss. 1, 2, ch. 6921, 1915; RGS 4942; CGL 7029; s. 195, ch. 77-104; s. 700, ch. 97-103.

522.07 Violation of regulations as to sale of produce on commissions.—Any person violating any of the provisions of s. 522.06 shall be guilty of a misdemeanor, and, upon conviction, shall be punished by a fine not exceeding $500, or sentenced to the county jail for a period of not longer than 6 months.
History.—s. 3, ch. 6921, 1915; RGS 5667; CGL 7870.
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