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Tennessee Code Title 47. Commercial Instruments and Transactions § 47-18-108

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(a)(1) Whenever the division has reason to believe that any person has engaged in, is engaging in, or, based upon information received from another law enforcement agency, is about to engage in any act or practice declared unlawful by this part and that proceedings would be in the public interest, the attorney general and reporter, at the request of the division, may bring an action in the name of the state against such person to restrain by temporary restraining order, temporary injunction, or permanent injunction the use of such act or practice.

(2) Unless the division determines in writing that the purposes of this part will be substantially impaired by delay in instituting legal proceedings, it shall, at least ten (10) days before instituting legal proceedings as provided for in this section, give notice to the person against whom proceedings are contemplated and give such person an opportunity to present reasons why such proceedings should not be instituted.

(3) The action may be brought in a court of competent jurisdiction in the county where the alleged unfair or deceptive act or practice took place or is about to take place or in the county in which such person resides, has such person's principal place of business, conducts, transacts, or has transacted business or, if the person cannot be found in any of the foregoing locations, in the county in which such person can be found.

(4) The courts are authorized to issue orders and injunctions to restrain and prevent violations of this part, and such orders and injunctions shall be issued without bond.

(5) Whenever any permanent injunction is issued by a court in connection with any action which has become final, reasonable costs shall be awarded to the state.

(b)(1) The court may make such orders or render such judgments as may be necessary to restore to any person who has suffered any ascertainable loss by reason of the use or employment of such unlawful method, act, or practice, any money or property, real, personal, or mixed, or any other article, commodity, or thing of value wherever situated, which may have been acquired by means of any act or practice declared to be unlawful by this part.

(2) The court may also enter an order temporarily or permanently revoking a license or certificate authorizing that person to engage in business in this state, if evidence has been presented to the court establishing knowing and persistent violations of this part.

(3) The court may also order payment to the state of a civil penalty of not more than one thousand dollars ($1,000) for each violation.

(4) The court may also order reimbursement to the state for the reasonable costs and expenses of investigation and prosecution of actions under this part, including attorneys' fees.

(c) Any knowing violation of the terms of an injunction or order issued pursuant to subsection (a) or (b) shall be punishable by a civil penalty of not more than two thousand dollars ($2,000), recoverable by the state for each violation, in addition to any other appropriate relief.

Cite this article: - Tennessee Code Title 47. Commercial Instruments and Transactions § 47-18-108 - last updated January 01, 2020 |

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