2010 Wisconsin Code
Chapter 943. Crimes against property.
943.48 Telecommunications; civil liability.

943.48

943.48 Telecommunications; civil liability.

943.48(1)

(1) Any person who incurs injury as a result of a violation of s. 943.45 (1), 943.455 (2), 943.46 (2) or 943.47 (2) may bring a civil action against the person who committed the violation.

943.48(1m)

(1m) Except as provided in sub. (2), if the person who incurs the loss prevails, the court shall grant the prevailing party actual damages, costs and disbursements.

943.48(2)

(2) If the person who incurs the loss prevails against a person who committed the violation willfully and for the purpose of commercial advantage or prevails against a person who has committed more than one violation of s. 943.45 (1), 943.455 (2), 943.46 (2) or 943.47 (2), the court shall grant the prevailing party all of the following:

943.48(2)(a)

(a) Except as provided in subs. (2g) and (2r), not more than $10,000.

943.48(2)(b)

(b) Actual damages.

943.48(2)(c)

(c) Any profits of the violator that are attributable to the violation and that are not taken into account in determining the amount of actual damages under par. (b).

943.48(2)(d)

(d) Notwithstanding the limitations under s. 799.25 or 814.04, costs, disbursements and reasonable attorney fees.

943.48(2g)

(2g) If the court finds that the violation was committed willfully and for the purpose of commercial advantage, the court may increase the amount granted under sub. (2) (a) to an amount not to exceed $50,000.

943.48(2r)

(2r) If the court finds that the violator had no reason to believe that the violator's action constituted a violation of this section, the court may reduce the amount granted under sub. (2) (a).

943.48(3)

(3) If damages under sub. (2) (c) are requested, the party who incurred the injury shall have the burden of proving the violator's gross revenue and the violator shall have the burden of proving the violator's deductible expenses and the elements of profit attributable to factors other than the violation.

943.48(4)

(4) In addition to other remedies available under this section, the court may grant the injured party a temporary or permanent injunction.

943.48 - ANNOT.

History: 1993 a. 496.

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