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Normally the written terms and conditions of this type of contract "control" the duties of the parties. Any oral statements made between you and the other person or company are not part of the agreement and are probably specifically excluded from the written agreement.
Having said that, consumer rights in California are strong and if you were mislead or deceived into entering a written contract (as you indicate that you were), then you should contact the State of California and file a formal complaint (do a Google search for the type of business you contracted with together with "State of California"). You may also want to contact the local Better Business Bureau and file a formal complaint. I would also send a letter, certified mail return receipt requested, to the other party demanding that the contract be terminated immediately because of the fraud of their salesperson. Add a good lawyer into the mix (look for a lawyer in your city via the following sites: www.avvo.com www.martindale.com or contact your local Bar Association for a referral) and your problem can probably be solved.
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Jon Mitchell "Mitch" Jackson
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