2017 Louisiana Laws
TITLE 13 - Courts and Judicial Procedure
RS 13:5078 - Bond
A. All nonparticipating manufacturers shall post a bond or its cash equivalent for the benefit of the state that is subject to execution under Subsection C of this Section. The bond shall be posted by corporate surety located within the United States or the cash equivalent of the bond shall be posted by the nonparticipating manufacturer in an account approved by the state. The bond or its cash equivalent shall be posted and evidence of such posting shall be provided to the attorney general at least ten days in advance of each calendar quarter as a condition to the nonparticipating manufacturer and its brand families being included in the directory for that quarter.
B. The amount of the bond shall be determined as follows:
(1) Unless Paragraph (3) of this Subsection is applicable, for a nonparticipating manufacturer that has been listed on Louisiana's state directory for at least three years, the amount of the bond required shall be fifty thousand dollars or the highest amount owed for any quarter over the past three years, whichever is greater;
(2) Unless Paragraph (3) of this Subsection is applicable, for a nonparticipating manufacturer that has not been listed on Louisiana's state directory for at least three years, the amount of the bond required shall be determined by the attorney general based on any prior history in any state, as well as any other considerations the attorney general deems relevant, but shall not be less than one hundred thousand dollars in any event; and
(3) For a nonparticipating manufacturer that has failed, in the past three years, to make a full and timely escrow deposit due under R.S. 13:5063, unless the failure was not knowing or intentional and was promptly cured upon notice, or for any nonparticipating manufacturer that was involuntarily removed from any state's directory, unless the removal was determined to have been erroneous, the amount of the bond required shall be the greater of one hundred thousand dollars or the greatest amount of escrow owed by the nonparticipating manufacturer or its predecessor in any calendar year in any state within the preceding five calendar years.
C. If a nonparticipating manufacturer that posted a bond has failed to make, or have made on its behalf by an entity with joint and several liability, escrow deposits equal to the full amount owed for a quarter within fifteen days following the due date for the quarter under R.S. 13:5063, the state may execute upon the bond, first to recover delinquent escrow, which amount shall be deposited into a qualified escrow account under R.S. 13:5063, and then to recover civil penalties and costs authorized under such Section. Escrow obligations above the amount collected on the bond remain due from that nonparticipating manufacturer and from the importers that sold its cigarettes during that calendar quarter.
Acts 2013, No. 221, §1.