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      RS 32:786     


§786.  Injunctions; cease and desist orders

A.  The commission is hereby authorized without cost, bond, or deposit to institute injunctive actions in courts of competent jurisdiction in the name of the state on the relation of the commission to enforce the provisions of this Chapter.

B.  Any licensee or other person who violates or threatens to violate any provision of this Chapter or rule or regulation promulgated thereunder may be enjoined from committing or continuing the violation or engaging in any business for which a license has been issued under this Chapter.  In addition to any other proper venue, the parish of East Baton Rouge shall constitute a proper venue for the institution by the commission of judicial actions authorized under this Chapter.

C.  All costs, including reasonable attorney fees set by the court incurred by the commission, shall be borne by the person or licensee who has been so enjoined.

D.(1)  If it appears to the commission at any time that a person is violating the provisions of this Chapter or any rule or order of the commission issued pursuant to this Chapter, it shall notify the person engaged in such conduct to appear and show cause why a cease and desist order should not be issued prohibiting the proscribed conduct.  An interlocutory cease and desist order may be granted with or without bond or other undertaking if one or all of the following conditions exist:

(a)  Such an order is necessary to the performance of the duties delegated to the commission by this Chapter or is otherwise necessary or convenient to maintaining the status quo between two or more adverse parties before the commission.

(b)  A party before the commission is entitled to relief demanded of the commission, and all or part of the relief requires the restraint of some act prejudicial to the party.

(c)  A person is performing or is about to perform or is procuring or allowing the performance of an act relating to the subject of a contested case pending before the commission, and the act would tend to render the commission's order in that case ineffectual.

(d)  Substantial injury to the rights of a person subject to the commission's jurisdiction is threatened irrespective of any remedy at law.

(2)  Interlocutory cease and desist orders shall remain in effect until vacated or until incorporated into a final commission order.  Permanent cease and desist orders may be issued without regard to the enumerations in Paragraph (1) of this Subsection, but only in accordance with the provisions of this Chapter pertaining to the issuance of final commission orders.

(3)  Appeal of any interlocutory cease and desist order shall be made to the commission prior to seeking judicial review under the provisions of this Chapter.  Appeal of a permanent cease and desist order shall be conducted pursuant to the provisions of this Chapter pertaining to judicial review of final orders.

Acts 2006, No. 440, §1.

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