Elder Abuse Laws (Civil - Private Actions)

Code Section Description Penalty
§ 17200 et seq.
§ 17500 et seq.
(Unfair Business Practice; Deceptive Advertising)

Any unlawful, unfair or fraudulent business act or practice; deceptive, false or misleading advertising

Restitution; injunctive relief (damages and civil penalties not available to private litigants)

§ 3345

(Increased Remedies for Senior Citizens and Persons with Disabilities)

Increased remedies in actions brought by, on behalf of, or for the benefit of senior citizens or persons with disabilities, where the actions involve unfair or deceptive acts or practices or unfair methods of competition

Treble fines, penalties, or other remedies

§ 12650 et seq.

(False Claims)

Knowingly present or cause to be presented a false claim to the state for payment or approval; Government Code § 12652(c)(1) provides authority for private person to bring action on behalf of state

Treble damages; civil monetary penalties between $5,500 and $11,000 for each violation, as adjusted by the Federal Civil Penalties Inflation Adjustment Act of 1990