§1260. Penalties; other relief
A.(1) No civil penalty imposed for the violation of the provisions of this Chapter or the rules and regulations of the commission shall exceed five thousand dollars for each day such violation continues.
(2) On a second or subsequent violation, no civil penalty imposed shall exceed ten thousand dollars for each day such second or subsequent violation continues.
(3) In order to constitute a second or subsequent violation there must occur a lapse of at least one day following the first or previous violation.
(4) Any civil penalty imposed by the commission may, in the discretion of the commission, be suspended in whole or in part.
(5) No civil penalty imposed for the negligent filing or the untimely updating of information as required under the provisions of this Chapter or under the rules and regulations of the commission shall exceed one hundred dollars per day.
B.(1) In addition to the penalties provided under this Chapter, the commission is expressly empowered and authorized to order the renewal or reinstatement, as the case may be, of any franchise of a licensee which, after following the procedures under this Chapter, is found by the commission to have been unfairly cancelled or not renewed due to lack of just provocation or cause.
(2) The commission's authority to order a renewal or reinstatement, as the case may be, shall be consistent with the terms of the unfairly canceled franchise agreement.
(3) The commission shall order the renewal for an additional full franchise term or reinstatement for the remaining term of the franchise, as the case may be, under the franchise agreement.
(4) In addition to the penalties provided under this Chapter, the commission is expressly empowered and authorized, after following the procedures of this Chapter, to order the issuance of a franchise to a qualified transferee, whose application for transfer, sale, or exchange has been unreasonably withheld by a manufacturer, distributor, or converter and who meets the criteria generally applied by the manufacturer in approving new motor vehicle or specialty vehicle dealers and who agrees to be bound by all the terms and conditions of the standard franchise.
C. The commission may render judgment for costs, or any part thereof, against any party to proceedings held or court reporter fees, commission attorney fees, the mileage and per diem of the commissioners, and other applicable and reasonable costs.
D. If the commission finds that it is necessary and appropriate for the protection of prospective motor vehicle or specialty vehicle dealers, because a distributor has failed to demonstrate that adequate arrangements have been made to fulfill the distributor obligations under the franchise to provide motor vehicles, equipment, signage, or other items included in the franchise, the commission may by order require the escrow of all fees, deposits, and other funds paid by the motor vehicle or specialty vehicle dealer until such obligations have been satisfied.
E. In addition to the penalties provided pursuant to this Chapter, the commission is expressly empowered and authorized, after following the procedures of this Chapter, to order the repurchase of all vehicles, signs, special tools, and automotive equipment and pay the costs to the licensee for the cost of transporting, handling, packing, and loading of vehicles, parts, signs, tools, and equipment subject to the repurchase requirements of R.S. 32:1268.
F. Upon the failure of any person to comply with any order of the commission issued as a result of a violation of this Chapter, or a rule or regulation adopted by the commission, the commission is authorized to file civil proceedings to enforce its order in the Twenty-Fourth Judicial District Court for the parish of Jefferson by rule to show cause conducted pursuant to the relevant provisions of the Louisiana Code of Civil Procedure. The commission shall be entitled to recover from such party all costs of the proceeding, including but not limited to court costs, discovery costs, and reasonable attorney fees incurred by the commission in enforcing its order.
Acts 1989, No. 153, §1; Acts 2003, No. 647, §1; Acts 2005, No. 500, §1, eff. July 12, 2005; Acts 2010, No. 1036, §1.