Maryland. Statutory Language

Maryland Statute 23-43
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§§ 11-201 to 11-213
§ 11-201. Definitions
(a) In general. – In this subtitle the following words have the meanings
(b) Attorney General. – “Attorney General” means the Attorney General of
Maryland or his designee.
(c) Commodity. “Commodity” means goods, wares, merchandise,
machinery, supplies, or any other articles in trade or commerce.
(d) County. – “County” includes Baltimore City.
(e) Court. – “Court” means the circuit court of a county.
(f) Person. – “Person” includes an individual, corporation, business trust,
statutory trust, estate, trust, partnership, association, two or more persons having a
joint or common interest, or any other legal or commercial entity.
(g) Service. – “Service” means any activity performed in whole or in part for
the purpose of financial gain, and includes any sale, rental, leasing, or licensing for
use. (h) Trade or commerce. – “Trade or commerce” includes all economic
activity within the State which involves or relates to any commodity or service.
§ 11-202. Purpose, interpretation, and construction of subtitle
(a) Purpose, interpretation, and construction. –
(1) The General Assembly of Maryland declares that the purpose of this
subtitle is to complement the body of federal law governing restraints of trade, unfair
competition, and unfair, deceptive, and fraudulent acts or practices in order to protect
the public and foster fair and honest intrastate competition.
(2) It is the intent of the General Assembly that, in construing this
subtitle, the courts be guided by the interpretation given by the federal courts to the
various federal statutes dealing with the same or similar matters, including:
(i) Act of July 2, 1890, ch. 647, 26 U.S. Stat. 209, 15 U.S.C.
§§ 1 through 7;
(ii) Act of Oct. 15, 1914, ch. 323, 38 U.S. Stat. 730, 15 U.S.C.
§§ 12 through 27, 44;
(iii) Act of August 17, 1937, ch. 690, Title VIII, 50 U.S. Stat. 693,
15 U.S.C. § 1;
(iv) Act of July 7, 1955, ch. 281, 69 U.S. Stat. 282, 15 U.S.C.
§§ 1 through 3;
(v) Act of May 26, 1938, ch. 283, 52 U.S. Stat. 446, 15 U.S.C.
§ 13c; and
(vi) Any similar act passed in the future.

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