Mississippi Code Title 75. Regulation of Trade, Commerce and Investments § 75-24-27. Additional Attorney General powers;  disclosure of statements or documentary material

(1) To accomplish the objectives and to carry out the duties prescribed in this chapter, the Attorney General, or his designee, in addition to the powers conferred by this chapter, may:

(a) Issue subpoenas and subpoenas duces tecum;

(b) Issue cease and desist orders to persons suspected of violating any provisions of this chapter;

(c) Administer an oath or affirmation to any person;

(d) Conduct hearings in aid of any investigation or inquiry;

(e) Compel the production of books, papers, documents, and other evidence, and call upon other state agencies for information;

(f) Issue any necessary rules and regulations in order to carry out the provisions of this chapter;  and

(g) Enter into an assurance of voluntary compliance or an assurance of voluntary discontinuance with any person for settlement purposes.

(2) Unless otherwise ordered by a court for good cause shown, no statement or documentary material produced pursuant to subpoena under this section shall be produced for inspection or copying by, nor shall the contents thereof be disclosed to any person other than the authorized employees of the Attorney General without the consent of the person who produced the material.

(3) The Attorney General may use the documentary material or copies thereof in the enforcement of this chapter by presentation before any court, provided that any such material which contains trade secrets or proprietary information shall not be presented except with the approval of the court in which the action is pending after adequate notice to the person furnishing such material.  However, when material containing trade secrets or proprietary information is presented with court approval, the material and the evidence pertaining thereto shall be held in camera and shall not be part of the court record or trial transcript.


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