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SECTION 11-31-13

§ 11-31-13. Injunctive proceedings by attorney general.

The attorney general, upon complaint being made to him or her under oath that any person is violating any of the provisions of §§ 11-31-1 and 11-31-12, may institute in his or her name as attorney general of the state of Rhode Island an action to enjoin the violation in a court of competent jurisdiction. The Rhode Island Superior Court Rules of Civil Procedure shall apply to all such actions whenever possible. Any person against whom an action has been brought shall be entitled to a trial of the issues within one day after the joinder of issue and to a decision by the court within forty-eight (48) hours of the conclusion of the trial. No restraining orders or preliminary injunctions shall be issued under this section, and the hearing shall be upon the merits of the case. After the hearing, the court may restrain and/or enjoin any person, firm, corporation, or association from violating any of the provisions of §§ 11-31-1 and 11-31-12 with regard to whether criminal proceedings have already been or may be instituted.

History of Section.
(P.L. 1959, ch. 86, § 2; P.L. 1966, ch. 259, § 2; P.L. 1978, ch. 218, § 3; P.L. 1979, ch. 406, § 1.)