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BUSINESS TRANSACTIONS
(815 ILCS 615/) Dating Referral Services Act.

815 ILCS 615/1

    (815 ILCS 615/1) (from Ch. 29, par. 1051-1)
    Sec. 1. Short title. This Act may be cited as the Dating Referral Services Act.
(Source: P.A. 87-450.)

815 ILCS 615/5

    (815 ILCS 615/5) (from Ch. 29, par. 1051-5)
    Sec. 5. Definitions. In this Act:
    "Dating services enterprise" or "enterprise" means any person or business entity offering dating referral services to the public for compensation.
    "Dating referral services" means those services primarily intended to introduce or match adult persons for social or romantic encounters, or members in any group formed by a dating referral enterprise for any of the above purposes, and includes those activities frequently referred to as computer dating and video dating services. The term "dating referral services" does not include arrangements where one party is compensated for engaging in the social activity, such as escort services.
(Source: P.A. 87-450; 87-895.)

815 ILCS 615/10

    (815 ILCS 615/10) (from Ch. 29, par. 1051-10)
    Sec. 10. Applicability.
    (a) Governmental and not-for-profit entities are exempt from the requirements of this Act.
    (b) The provisions of this Act are not exclusive, and do not exempt any contract for dating referral services, nor the parties thereto, from any other applicable law, nor prohibit the enforcement by any person or any right otherwise provided by law.
(Source: P.A. 87-450.)

815 ILCS 615/15

    (815 ILCS 615/15) (from Ch. 29, par. 1051-15)
    Sec. 15. Written contract required. Every contract for dating referral services shall be in writing and shall be subject to this Act. All provisions, requirements, and prohibitions that are mandated by this Act shall be contained in the written contract before it is signed by the customer. A copy of the written contract shall be given to the customer at the time the customer signs the contract. Dating referral enterprises shall maintain original copies of all contracts for services for as long as the contracts are in effect and for a period of 3 years thereafter.
(Source: P.A. 87-450.)

815 ILCS 615/20

    (815 ILCS 615/20) (from Ch. 29, par. 1051-20)
    Sec. 20. Cancellation and refund requirements.
    (a) Every contract for dating referral services shall provide the following:
        (1) That the contract may be cancelled by the
    
customer within 3 business days after the first business day after the contract is signed by the customer, and that all monies paid under the contract shall be refunded to the customer. For the purposes of this Section, "business day" means any day on which the facility is open for business. A customer purchasing a plan at a facility that has not yet opened for business at the time the contract is signed, or who does not purchase a contract at an existing facility, shall have 7 calendar days in which to cancel the contract and receive a full refund of all monies paid. The customer's rights to cancel described in this Section are in addition to any other contract rights or remedies provided by law.
        (2) In the event of the relocation of a customer's
    
residence to a location that is more than 20 miles farther than the original distance from the customer's residence to the original enterprise, and upon the failure of the original enterprise to designate a enterprise, with comparable facilities and services within 25 miles of the customer's new residence that agrees to accept the original enterprise's obligations under the contract, the customer may cancel the contract and shall be liable for only that portion of the charges allocable to the time before reasonable evidence of the relocation is presented to the enterprise, plus a reasonable fee if so provided in the contract, but the fee shall not exceed 10% of the unused balance, or $50, whichever is less.
        (3) If the customer dies during the term of the
    
contract, the customer's estate shall be liable for only that portion of the charges allocable to the time before the customer's death. The enterprise shall have the right to require and verify reasonable evidence of the death.
    (b) Every contract for dating referral services shall provide that notice of cancellation under subsection (a) of this Section shall be made in writing and delivered by certified or registered mail to the enterprise at the address specified in the contract. All refunds to which a customer or his or her estate is entitled shall be made within 30 days of receipt by the enterprise of the cancellation notice.
(Source: P.A. 87-450.)

815 ILCS 615/25

    (815 ILCS 615/25) (from Ch. 29, par. 1051-25)
    Sec. 25. Contract requirements for planned enterprises. Every contract for dating referral services at a planned dating referral enterprise or a enterprise under construction shall further provide that, in the event that the facilities and services contracted for are not available within 6 months from the date the contract is entered into, or within 3 months of a date specified in the contract, whichever is earlier, the contract may be cancelled at the option of the customer, and all payments refunded within 30 days of receipt by the enterprise of the cancellation notice.
(Source: P.A. 87-450.)

815 ILCS 615/30

    (815 ILCS 615/30) (from Ch. 29, par. 1051-30)
    Sec. 30. Prohibited contract provisions.
    (a) No contract for dating referral services shall require payments or financing over a period in excess of 3 years from the date the contract is entered into, nor shall the term of any contract be measured by the life of the customer. The initial term of services to be rendered under the contract may not extend over a period of more than 2 years from the date the parties enter into the contract, provided that the customer may be given an option to renew the contract for consecutive periods of not more than one year each for a reasonable consideration not less than 10% of the cash price of the original membership.
    (b) No contract for dating referral services shall require or entail the execution of any note by the customer which, when separately negotiated, will cut off as to third parties any right of action or defense which the customer may have against the dating referral enterprise. No right of action or defense arising out of a contract for dating referral services that the customer has against the enterprise shall be cut off by assignment of the contract whether or not the assignee acquires the contract in good faith and for value. Such an assignee is not a holder in due course.
(Source: P.A. 87-450.)

815 ILCS 615/35

    (815 ILCS 615/35) (from Ch. 29, par. 1051-35)
    Sec. 35. General provisions.
    (a) All contracts for dating referral services that may be in effect between the same enterprise and the same customer, the term of which overlap for any period, shall be considered as one contract for the purposes of this Act. No dating referral enterprise may sell, induce, or permit any purchaser of dating referral service to become obligated directly or contingently under more than one contract for services at the same time for purposes of avoiding the provisions of this Act.
    (b) Any waiver by the customer of the provisions of this Act shall be void and unenforceable.
    (c) Any contract for dating referral services which does not comply with the applicable provisions of this Act shall be void and unenforceable.
    (d) If any court finds, as a matter of law, that a contract or any provision thereof was unconscionable when made, the court may refuse to enforce the contract, enforce the remainder of the contract without the unconscionable provision, or limit the application of any unconscionable provision to avoid an unconscionable result.
(Source: P.A. 87-450.)

815 ILCS 615/40

    (815 ILCS 615/40) (from Ch. 29, par. 1051-40)
    Sec. 40. Prohibited acts.
    (a) Unfair or deceptive acts and practices are prohibited, including but not limited to: use of coercive sales tactics; misrepresentation of the quality, benefits or nature of services; misrepresenting the qualifications or number of other members participating in the service; or misrepresenting the success the enterprise has had in making matches or referrals favorable to its customers.
    (b) Any contract for dating referral services entered into in reliance upon any false, fraudulent, or misleading information, representation, notice, or advertisement of the dating referral enterprise or any of its employees or agents shall be void and unenforceable.
(Source: P.A. 87-450.)

815 ILCS 615/45

    (815 ILCS 615/45) (from Ch. 29, par. 1051-45)
    Sec. 45. Enforcement by customer. Any customer injured by a violation of this Act may bring an action for the recovery of damages. Judgment may be entered for 3 times the amount at which the actual damages are assessed, plus costs, and reasonable attorney's fees.
(Source: P.A. 87-450.)

815 ILCS 615/50

    (815 ILCS 615/50) (from Ch. 29, par. 1051-50)
    Sec. 50. Enforcement by Attorney General. All remedies, penalties, and authority granted to the Attorney General by the Consumer Fraud and Deceptive Business Practices Act shall be available to him for the enforcement of this Act, and Sections 3, 4, 5, 6, 6.1, 7, and 10 of that Act are hereby incorporated by reference into this Act. In addition, in any action brought by the Attorney General to enforce this Act, the court may order that the person who incurred actual damages be awarded 3 times the amount at which actual damages are assessed.
(Source: P.A. 87-450; 87-895.)

815 ILCS 615/55

    (815 ILCS 615/55) (from Ch. 29, par. 1051-55)
    Sec. 55. This Act does not apply to any contract for dating referral services entered into before the effective date of this Act.
(Source: P.A. 87-450.)

815 ILCS 615/105

    (815 ILCS 615/105) (from Ch. 29, par. 1051-105)
    Sec. 105. This Act takes effect upon becoming law.
(Source: P.A. 87-450.)