2006 Louisiana Laws - RS 8:679 — Civil remedies

§679.  Civil remedies

A.  The board may institute civil proceedings seeking injunctive relief to restrain and prevent violations of this Chapter or the laws or administrative rules administered or enforced by the board.

B.  The board may also institute civil proceedings seeking civil damages from any person who knowingly violates any provision of R.S. 8:678.  Civil damages shall include any or all of the following:

(1)  Forfeiture of any and all equipment used in disturbing the unmarked burial site, human skeletal remains, or burial artifacts.

(2)  Any and all costs incurred in cleaning, restoring, analyzing, accessioning, and curating the recovered human skeletal remains or burial artifacts.

(3)  Any and all costs associated with protecting the unmarked burial site from further damage or in restoring the unmarked burial site to its original condition.

(4)  Any and all costs associated with recovery of data, and analyzing, publishing, accessioning, and curating materials when the prohibited activity is so extensive as to preclude the restoration of the unmarked burial site.

(5)  Any and all costs associated with the reinterment of the human skeletal remains.

(6)  Any and all costs associated with determining and collecting the civil damages, including but not limited to filing fees, attorney fees, court costs, fees associated with discovery and the testimony of expert witnesses, and collection costs.

C.  The board may bring actions for injunctive relief or civil damages in either the district court for the parish of East Baton Rouge or in the district court where the unmarked burial site, the human skeletal remains, or the burial artifacts are located.

D.  The attorney general shall represent the board in all matters pertaining to the administration or enforcement of this Chapter, or both, except in those matters in which the board has employed special counsel.  The board may employ and shall fix the compensation of such special counsel with the concurrence of the attorney general and in accordance with the laws and regulations regarding employment of special counsel.

Acts 1991, No. 704, §1, eff. Jan. 1, 1992.

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