486H-6 Petroleum distributor's penalty; collection. The petroleum distributor's executive officer, representative, or agent who negotiates any contract in violation of section 486H-5(a) and section 486H-5(b), or who otherwise coerces a gasoline dealer in violation of section 486H-5(a) and section 486H-5(b), shall in addition to other penalties provided by this chapter be subject to a civil penalty of up to $50,000 for each offense.

The penalty shall be assessed and recovered in a civil action brought by the attorney general or by any county attorney or prosecuting attorney in any court of competent jurisdiction. If brought by a county attorney or prosecuting attorney, the entire amount of the penalty shall be paid to the general fund of the county in which the judgment was entered. If brought by the attorney general, one-half of the penalty shall be paid to the county general fund where the action was brought and one-half shall be paid to the state general fund. [L 1976, c 213, pt of 2; am L 1983, c 268, 3]

 

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