An action to recover a penalty or a forfeiture under this chapter or to enforce the
powers of the commission under this or any other law may be brought in any circuit
court in this state in the name of the state of Missouri and shall be commenced and
prosecuted to final judgment by the general counsel to the commission. No filing or docket fee shall be required of the general counsel. In any such action all penalties and forfeitures incurred up to the time of commencing
the same may be sued for and recovered therein, and the commencement of an action
to recover a penalty or forfeiture shall not be, or be held to be, a waiver of the
right to recover any other penalty or forfeiture; if the defendant in such action
shall prove that during any portion of the time for which it is sought to recover
penalties or forfeitures for a violation of an order or decision of the commission
the defendant was actually and in good faith prosecuting a suit to review such order
or decision in the manner as provided in this chapter, the court shall remit the penalties
or forfeitures incurred during the pendency of such proceeding. All moneys recovered as a penalty or forfeiture shall be paid to the public school
fund of the state. Any such action may be compromised or discontinued on application of the commission
upon such terms as the court shall approve and order.
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