2017 Louisiana Laws
TITLE 13 - Courts and Judicial Procedure
RS 13:5076 - Penalties; other remedies
§5076. Penalties; other remedies
A. In addition to or in lieu of any other civil or criminal remedy provided by law, upon a determination that a stamping agent has violated R.S. 13:5073(C) or any regulation adopted pursuant to this Part, the secretary may revoke or suspend the license of the dealer in the manner provided by R.S. 47:846 and R.S. 26:916. Each stamp affixed and each sale, offer to purchase, or offer to sell cigarettes in violation of R.S. 13:5073(C) shall constitute a separate violation. For each violation hereof, the secretary may also impose a civil penalty in an amount not to exceed the greater of five hundred percent of the retail value of the cigarettes or five thousand dollars upon a determination of violation of R.S. 13:5073(C) or any regulations adopted pursuant thereto. Such penalty shall be imposed in the manner provided by R.S. 47:843 et seq. and R.S. 26:901 et seq.
B. Any cigarettes that have been sold, offered for sale, or possessed for sale, in this state, or imported for personal consumption in this state, in violation of R.S. 13:5073(C) shall be deemed contraband under R.S. 47:865 and R.S. 13:5061 et seq., and such cigarettes shall be subject to seizure and forfeiture as provided in those provisions, and all such cigarettes so seized and forfeited shall be destroyed and not resold.
C. The attorney general, on behalf of the secretary, may seek an injunction to restrain a threatened or actual violation of R.S. 13:5073(C) or 5075(A) or (I) by a stamping agent and to compel the stamping agent to comply with such provisions. In any action brought pursuant to this Section, the state shall be entitled to recover the costs of the investigation, action, and reasonable attorney fees.
D. It shall be unlawful for a person to:
(1) Sell or distribute cigarettes; or
(2) Acquire, hold, own, possess, transport, import, or cause to be imported cigarettes that the person knows or should know are intended for distribution or sale in the state in violation of R.S. 13:5073(C). A violation of this Section shall be punishable as a misdemeanor in accordance with R.S. 47:859.
E. A person who violates R.S. 13:5073(C) engages in an unfair and deceptive trade practice in violation of R.S. 51:1401 et seq.
F. Failure to make annual, quarterly, or monthly payments, when required by the attorney general in accordance with R.S. 13:5075, shall subject the tobacco product manufacturer to the penalties for failure to place funds in escrow contained in R.S. 13:5063(C)(3).
Acts 2004, No. 544, §1, eff. June 25, 2004; Acts 2013, No. 221, §1.