Section 2-8-103

Penalty; inspection of books and records; injunctions.

(a) Any dealer, handler, processor or other purchaser of soybeans who willfully fails or refuses to deduct and pay to the Commissioner of Agriculture and Industries any assessment required to be so deducted and remitted to the commissioner or who fails or refuses to obtain a permit authorizing the purchase of soybeans in Alabama shall be guilty of a misdemeanor and, upon conviction, shall be fined not less than $25.00 nor more than $500.00 and, in the discretion of the court, may also be imprisoned for a term not to exceed six months. Any purchaser of soybeans who fails or refuses to allow the Commissioner of Agriculture and Industries or his authorized agents and employees to inspect and review his books and records which disclose his purchases of soybeans for the purpose of ascertaining the accuracy of amounts deducted and remitted as required under this article shall also be guilty of a misdemeanor and upon conviction shall be punished as in this subsection provided.

(b) In addition to the above penalty, the circuit court, or any judge thereof, shall have jurisdiction for cause shown, to grant a temporary restraining order or permanent injunction or both, restraining and enjoining any person from buying soybeans in Alabama without having a valid permit as required under this article or after such a permit has been revoked or from violating any other provisions and requirements of this article. Petitions for injunctive relief as authorized under this subsection shall be filed in the name of the Commissioner of Agriculture and Industries in the circuit court in the county of residence of the person who buys soybeans in violation of the provisions of this article or in the county where such violation occurs. Any temporary restraining order or permanent injunction issued under this subsection shall be issued without a bond.

(Acts 1971, No. 227, p. 523, §24.)