2010 Michigan Compiled Laws
Chapter 14 - ATTORNEY GENERAL
Act 298 of 1992 - PUBLIC SAFETY SOLICITATION ACT (14.301 - 14.327)
Section 14.316 - Authority of attorney general to bring action in court; notice; opportunity to cease and desist; forwarding notice of violation and information; civil penalty.

PUBLIC SAFETY SOLICITATION ACT (EXCERPT)
Act 298 of 1992

14.316 Authority of attorney general to bring action in court; notice; opportunity to cease and desist; forwarding notice of violation and information; civil penalty.

Sec. 16.

(1) If the attorney general has probable cause to believe that a person has engaged, is engaging, or is about to engage in a method, act, or practice which is unlawful pursuant to this act, and upon notice given in accordance with this section, the attorney general may bring an action in accordance with principles of equity to restrain the person by temporary or permanent injunction from engaging in the method, act, or practice. The action may be brought in the circuit court of the county where the person is established or solicits contributions or, if the person is not established in this state, in the circuit court of Ingham county. The court may award costs to the prevailing party. For persistent and knowing violation of this act the court may assess the person a civil penalty of not more than $5,000.00.

(2) Unless waived by the court on good cause shown not less than 10 days before the commencement of an action under this section the attorney general shall notify the person of his or her intended action and give the person an opportunity to cease and desist from the alleged unlawful method, act, or practice or to confer with the attorney general in person, by counsel, or by other representative as to the proposed action before the proposed filing date. The notice may be given the person by mail, postage prepaid, to his or her usual place of business or, if the person does not have a usual place of business, to his or her last known address, or to the resident agent.

(3) A prosecuting attorney or law enforcement officer receiving notice of an alleged violation of this act, or of a violation of an injunction, order, decree, or judgment issued in an action brought pursuant to this act, or of an assurance under section 17, shall immediately forward written notice of the violation together with any information he or she may have to the attorney general.

(4) In addition to any other penalties provided by this act, a person who knowingly violates the terms of an injunction, order, decree, or judgment issued pursuant to this section shall forfeit and pay to the state a civil penalty of not more than $500.00 for each violation. For the purposes of this section, the court issuing an injunction, order, decree, or judgment shall retain jurisdiction, the cause shall be continued, and the attorney general may petition for recovery of a civil penalty as provided by this act.


History: 1992, Act 298, Imd. Eff. Dec. 18, 1992

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