4738.13 Enforcement.

(A) The prosecuting attorneys of the several counties shall assist the registrar of motor vehicles upon his request and shall assist the motor vehicle salvage dealer's licensing board upon its request in enforcing sections 4738.01 to 4738.16 of the Revised Code, and in prosecuting and defending proceedings under such sections.

(B) Upon the written request of the registrar of motor vehicles or the motor vehicle salvage dealer's licensing board, or upon the attorney general's becoming aware of, by his own inquiries or as a result of complaints, any criminal or improper activity related to this chapter, the attorney general shall investigate any criminal or civil violation of law related to this chapter.

(C) If the attorney general, by his own inquiries or investigation or as a result of complaints, has reasonable cause to believe that any person has engaged or is engaging in an act or practice that violates section 4738.02 , 4738.03 , or 4738.04 of the Revised Code, he may bring an action, with notice as required by Civil Rule 65, to obtain a temporary restraining order, preliminary injunction, or permanent injunction to restrain the act or practice. If the attorney general shows by a preponderance of the evidence that the person has violated or is violating section 4738.02 , 4738.03 , or 4738.04 of the Revised Code, the court may issue a temporary restraining order, preliminary injunction, or permanent injunction to restrain and prevent the act or practice. On motion of the attorney general, or on its own motion, the court may impose a civil penalty of not more than five thousand dollars for each day of violation of a temporary restraining order, preliminary injunction, or permanent injunction issued under this division, if the person received notice of the action. The civil penalties shall be paid as provided in division (D) of this section. Upon the commencement of an action under this division against any person licensed under this chapter, the attorney general shall immediately notify the registrar and the motor vehicle salvage dealer's licensing board that such an action has been commenced against the person.

(D) Civil penalties ordered pursuant to division (B) of this section shall be paid as follows: one-fourth of the amount to the treasurer of state to the credit of the state bureau of motor vehicles fund established in section 4501.25 of the Revised Code and three-fourths of the amount to the treasurer of state to the credit of the general revenue fund.

Effective Date: 06-30-1995