2018 Arkansas Code
Title 4 - Business and Commercial Law
Subtitle 7 - Consumer Protection
Chapter 88 - Deceptive Trade Practices
Subchapter 2 - Enhanced Penalties When Elder or Disabled Persons Are Targeted
§ 4-88-203. Determination of civil penalty

Universal Citation: AR Code § 4-88-203 (2018)
  • In determining whether to impose an enhanced civil penalty under this subchapter and the amount thereof, the court shall consider the extent to which one (1) or more of the following factors are present:
  • (1) Whether the defendant's conduct was in disregard of the rights of the elder or disabled person;

  • (2) Whether the defendant knew or should have known that the defendant's conduct was directed to an elder person or disabled person;

  • (3) Whether the elder or disabled person was more vulnerable to the defendant's conduct because of age, poor health, infirmity, impaired understanding, restricted mobility, or disability than other persons and whether the elder or disabled person actually suffered substantial physical, emotional, or economic damage resulting from the defendant's conduct;

  • (4) Whether the defendant's conduct caused an elder or disabled person to suffer any of the following:

    • (A) Mental or emotional anguish;

    • (B) Loss of or encumbrance upon a primary residence of the elder or disabled person;

    • (C) Loss of or encumbrance upon the elder or disabled person's principal employment or principal source of income;

    • (D) Loss of funds received under a pension or retirement plan or a government benefits program;

    • (E) Loss of property set aside for retirement or for personal or family care and maintenance; or

    • (F) Loss of assets essential to the health and welfare of the elder or disabled person; or

  • (5) Any other factors the court deems appropriate.

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