Section 8-19-8

Restraining orders.

(a) Whenever the office of the Attorney General or the office of the district attorney has reason to believe that any person is engaging in, has engaged in or is about to engage in any act or practice declared to be unlawful by this chapter, the Attorney General or the district attorney may bring an action in the name of the state against such person to restrain by temporary restraining order, temporary or permanent injunction such acts or practices. However, unless the Attorney General or district attorney determines that a person subject to the provisions of this chapter designs quickly to depart from this state or to remove his property therefrom, or to conceal himself or his property therein, or to continue practices unlawful under this chapter, he shall, before initiating any legal proceedings is contemplated, allow such person a reasonable opportunity to appear before the Attorney General or district attorney and solve the dispute to the parties' satisfaction.

(b) The court may appoint a master or receiver or order sequestration of assets whenever it shall appear that the defendant threatens or is about to remove, conceal, or dispose of his property to the damage of persons to whom restoration would be made, or whenever a person who has been ordered to make restitution under this section has failed to do so within three months after the order to make restitution has become final and nonappealable, and assess the expenses of the master or receiver against the defendant.

(c) Upon a showing to the court by the office of the Attorney General or the office of the district attorney that a person has engaged in continuous and willful violations of the provisions of this chapter, the court may suspend or revoke any license or certificate authorizing that person to engage in business in this state or the court may enjoin any person from engaging in business in this state.

(d) The penalties authorized under this section shall not apply to any person who shows by a preponderance of evidence that he had established reasonable procedures to comply with the provisions of this chapter.

(e) The court may grant such other appropriate relief as the court may determine.

(Acts 1981, No. 81-355, p. 510, §8.)