Title 40
Human Services

Chapter 8.2
Medical Assistance Fraud

R.I. Gen. Laws 40-8.2-12

 40-8.2-12.  Injunctive relief and civil penalties.

(a) The superior court of this state shall have jurisdiction to prevent and restrain violations of this chapter. In addition to granting prohibitory injunctive and other restraints for a period of time and upon terms and conditions necessary to deter a provider from, and ensure against, the committing of future violations of this chapter, the court may grant injunctive relief reasonably necessary to dissipate the ill effects of the violation. The court may issue appropriate decrees upon consent and stipulation by the parties. The court may also issue restraining orders. Under no circumstances shall the state be required to post bond in any action hereunder.

(b) Attorney general  — Right to injunctive relief. The attorney general may institute proceedings to prevent and restrain violations of this chapter as provided in subsection (a).

(c) Other persons  — Right to injunctive relief. Any person, including the United States, may institute proceedings for injunctive relief, temporary or permanent, as provided in subsection (a) against threatened loss or damage to his or her property or business by a violation of this chapter. A preliminary injunction may be issued upon a showing that the danger of irreparable loss or damage is immediate and, within the court's discretion, the execution of property bond against damages for an injunction improvidently granted. If the court issues a permanent injunction, the plaintiff shall be awarded reasonable attorney's fees, filing fees, and reasonable costs of the suit. Reasonable costs for the suit may include, but shall not be limited to, the expenses of discovery and document reproduction.

(d) Civil penalty.  In addition to injunctive relief authorized pursuant to subsection (a), any person who violates this chapter may be liable for a civil penalty in a suit by the attorney general of this state of not more than one thousand dollars ($1,000) for each violation.

History of Section.
P.L. 1982, ch. 424, 1.