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General Business (GBS) CHAPTER 20, ARTICLE 34-A
§ 710. Definitions. Whenever used in this article:

1. "Consumer" means a natural person.

2. "Creditor" means a person, partnership, corporation, association or
other entity who, in the ordinary course of business, regularly extends
consumer credit. The term creditor includes any agent of a creditor for
collection, processing or other purposes.

3. "Consumer credit" means credit extended to a consumer on an account
pursuant to a plan under which the creditor may permit the customer to
make purchases or obtain loans, from time to time, directly from the
creditor or indirectly by use of a credit card, check, or other device,
as the plan may provide. The term does not include negotiated advances
under an open end real estate mortgage or a letter of credit.

4. "Credit balance" means any money or credit owed to, or held for the
benefit of, a consumer by a creditor on a consumer credit account,
whether resulting from an overpayment or return of merchandise by the
consumer, or otherwise.