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Chapter 320

Effective - 01 Jan 2011, see footnote bottom

  320.362.  Violations, penalties. — 1.  A manufacturer, wholesaler, or other person or entity who knowingly sells or offers for sale cigarettes, other than through retail sale, in violation of section 320.353 shall be subject to a civil penalty not to exceed one hundred dollars for each pack of such cigarettes sold or offered for sale; provided that, in no case shall the penalty against any such person or entity exceed one hundred thousand dollars during any thirty-day period.

  2.  A retailer who knowingly sells or offers for sale cigarettes in violation of section 320.353 shall be subject to a civil penalty not to exceed one hundred dollars for each pack of such cigarettes sold or offered for sale; provided that, in no case shall the penalty against any retailer exceed twenty-five thousand dollars for sales or offers for sale during any thirty-day period.

  3.  In addition to any other penalty prescribed by law, any corporation, partnership, sole proprietorship, limited partnership, or association engaged in the manufacture of cigarettes that knowingly makes a false certification under section 320.356 shall be subject to a civil penalty of at least seventy-five thousand dollars and not to exceed two hundred fifty thousand dollars for each such false certification.

  4.  Any person who violates any other provision of sections 320.350 to 320.374 shall be subject to a civil penalty for a first offense not to exceed one thousand dollars and for any subsequent offense a civil penalty not to exceed five thousand dollars for each such violation.

  5.  Whenever the state attorney general or the department discovers any cigarettes for which no certification has been filed as required by section 320.356 or that have not been marked in the manner required by section 320.359, such cigarettes shall be sequestered by the owner and not sold or transferred for fourteen days, wherein the state attorney general may file an action in a court of competent jurisdiction petitioning for injunctive relief to enjoin the sale or offer for sale of such cigarettes.  If the state attorney general does not file an action within fourteen days, the owner may lawfully sell the sequestered cigarettes.

  6.  In addition to any other remedy provided by law, the state attorney general may file an action in a court of competent jurisdiction for a violation of sections 320.350 to 320.374, including petitioning:

  (1)  For injunctive relief against any manufacturer, importer, wholesaler, retailer, or any other person or entity to enjoin such entity from selling, offering for sale, or affixing tax stamps to any cigarette that does not comply with the requirements of sections 320.350 to 320.374; or

  (2)  To recover any costs or damages incurred by the state as a result of such violation, including enforcement costs relating to the specific violation and attorney's fees.  

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Each violation of sections 320.350 to 320.374 or rules promulgated thereto shall constitute a separate civil violation for which the state attorney general may obtain relief.  Upon obtaining judgment for injunctive relief under this section, the state attorney general shall provide a copy of the judgment to all wholesalers to which the cigarettes have been sold.

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(L. 2009 H.B. 205)

Effective 1-01-11

Contingent termination date, see section 320.374


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