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S.B. 132 Enrolled






Chief Sponsor: Carlene M. Walker

House Sponsor: Eric K. Hutchings

             8      LONG TITLE
             9      General Description:
             10          This bill addresses the attorney general's enforcement powers under Title 13, Chapter
             11      44, Consumer Credit Protection Act.
             12      Highlighted Provisions:
             13          This bill:
             14          .    addresses the attorney general's power to enforce Title 13, Chapter 44, Consumer
             15      Credit Protection Act, including:
             16              .    investigative powers; and
             17              .    adjudicative powers;
             18          .    makes the refusal to comply with certain requests or subpoenas a violation of Title
             19      13, Chapter 44, Consumer Credit Protection Act;
             20          .    allows use of the Attorney General Litigation Fund to enforce the chapter; and
             21          .    makes technical changes.
             22      Monies Appropriated in this Bill:
             23          None
             24      Other Special Clauses:
             25          None
             26      Utah Code Sections Affected:
             27      AMENDS:
             28          13-44-301, as enacted by Laws of Utah 2006, Chapter 343
             29          76-10-922, as last amended by Laws of Utah 2002, Chapters 256 and 328

             31      Be it enacted by the Legislature of the state of Utah:
             32          Section 1. Section 13-44-301 is amended to read:
             33           13-44-301. Enforcement.
             34          (1) The attorney general may enforce this chapter's provisions.
             35          (2) (a) Nothing in this chapter creates a private right of action.
             36          (b) Nothing in this chapter affects any private right of action existing under other law,
             37      including contract or tort.
             38          (3) A person who violates this chapter's provisions is subject to a civil fine of:
             39          (a) no greater than $2,500 for a violation or series of violations concerning a specific
             40      consumer; and
             41          (b) no greater than $100,000 in the aggregate for related violations concerning more
             42      than one consumer.
             43          (4) In addition to the penalties provided in Subsection (3), the attorney general may
             44      seek injunctive relief to prevent future violations of this chapter in:
             45          (a) the district court located in Salt Lake City; or
             46          (b) the district court for the district in which resides a consumer who is affected by the
             47      violation.
             48          (5) In enforcing this chapter, the attorney general may:
             49          (a) investigate the actions of any person alleged to violate Section 13-44-201 or
             50      13-44-202 ;
             51          (b) subpoena a witness;
             52          (c) subpoena a document or other evidence;
             53          (d) require the production of books, papers, contracts, records, or other information
             54      relevant to an investigation; and
             55          (e) conduct an adjudication in accordance with Title 63, Chapter 46b, Administrative
             56      Procedures Act, to enforce a civil provision under this chapter.
             57          (6) A subpoena issued under Subsection (5) may be served by certified mail.

             58          (7) A person's failure to respond to a request or subpoena from the attorney general
             59      under Subsection (5)(b), (c), or (d) is a violation of this chapter.
             60          (8) (a) The attorney general may inspect and copy all records related to the business
             61      conducted by the person alleged to have violated this chapter, including records located outside
             62      the state.
             63          (b) For records located outside of the state, the person who is found to have violated
             64      this chapter shall pay the attorney general's expenses to inspect the records, including travel
             65      costs.
             66          (c) Upon notification from the attorney general of the attorney general's intent to
             67      inspect records located outside of the state, the person who is found to have violated this
             68      chapter shall pay the attorney general $500, or a higher amount if $500 is estimated to be
             69      insufficient, to cover the attorney general's expenses to inspect the records.
             70          (d) The attorney general shall deposit any amounts received under this Subsection (8) in
             71      the Attorney General Litigation Fund established in Section 76-10-922 .
             72          (e) To the extent an amount paid to the attorney general by a person who is found to
             73      have violated this chapter is not expended by the attorney general, the amount shall be refunded
             74      to the person who is found to have violated this chapter.
             75          (f) The Division of Corporations and Commercial Code or any other relevant entity
             76      shall revoke any authorization to do business in this state of a person who fails to pay any
             77      amount required under this Subsection (8).
             78          Section 2. Section 76-10-922 is amended to read:
             79           76-10-922. Attorney General Litigation Fund.
             80          (1) (a) There is created a special revenue fund known as the Attorney General
             81      Litigation Fund for the purpose of providing funds to pay for any costs and expenses incurred
             82      by the state attorney general in relation to actions under state or federal antitrust [or], criminal
             83      laws, or civil proceedings under Title 13, Chapter 44, Consumer Credit Protection Act. These
             84      funds are in addition to other funds as may be appropriated by the Legislature to the attorney
             85      general for the administration and enforcement of the laws of this state.

             86          (b) At the close of any fiscal year, any balance in the fund in excess of $2,000,000 shall
             87      be transferred to the General Fund.
             88          (c) The attorney general may expend monies from the Attorney General Litigation Fund
             89      for the purposes in Subsection (1)(a).
             90          (2) (a) All monies received by the state or its agencies by reason of any judgment,
             91      settlement, or compromise as the result of any action commenced, investigated, or prosecuted
             92      by the attorney general, after payment of any fines, restitution, payments, costs, or fees
             93      allocated by the court, shall be deposited in the Attorney General Litigation Fund, except as
             94      provided in Subsection (2)(b).
             95          (b) (i) Any expenses advanced by the attorney general in any of the actions under
             96      Subsection (1)(a) shall be credited to the Attorney General Litigation Fund.
             97          (ii) Any monies recovered by the attorney general on behalf of any private person or
             98      public body other than the state shall be paid to those persons or bodies from funds remaining
             99      after payment of expenses under Subsection (2)(b)(i).
             100          (3) The Division of Finance shall transfer any monies remaining in the Antitrust
             101      Revolving Account on July 1, 2002, to the Attorney General Litigation Fund created in
             102      Subsection (1).

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