Tex. Health & Safety Code Section 145.0121
Civil Penalty; Injunction


If it appears that a person has violated or is violating this chapter, the attorney general, or the district, county, or municipal attorney in the jurisdiction where the violation is alleged to have occurred or may occur, may institute a civil suit for:


an order enjoining the violation;


a permanent or temporary injunction, a temporary restraining order, or other appropriate remedy;


the assessment and recovery of a civil penalty; or


both injunctive relief and a civil penalty.


A civil penalty may not exceed $25,000 a day for each violation. Each day the violation occurs constitutes a separate violation for the purposes of the assessment of a civil penalty.


In determining the amount of the civil penalty, the court hearing the matter shall consider:


the person’s history of previous violations;


the seriousness of the violation;


the hazard to the health and safety of the public;


the demonstrated good faith of the person charged; and


any other matter as justice may require.


Venue for a suit brought under this section is the municipality or county in which the violation occurred or in Travis County.


A civil penalty recovered in a suit instituted by a local government under this chapter shall be paid to the local government.


The attorney general may recover reasonable expenses incurred in obtaining injunctive relief or a civil penalty under this section, including investigation and court costs, reasonable attorney’s fees, witness fees, and other expenses. The expenses recovered by the attorney general shall be used by the attorney general.
Added by Acts 1995, 74th Leg., ch. 684, Sec. 11, eff. June 15, 1995.
Amended by:
Acts 2015, 84th Leg., R.S., Ch. 1 (S.B. 219), Sec. 3.0438, eff. April 2, 2015.
Acts 2015, 84th Leg., R.S., Ch. 838 (S.B. 202), Sec. 3.017, eff. September 1, 2015.

Source: Section 145.0121 — Civil Penalty; Injunction, https://statutes.­capitol.­texas.­gov/Docs/HS/htm/HS.­145.­htm#145.­0121 (accessed Nov. 25, 2023).

Nov. 25, 2023

§ 145.0121’s source at texas​.gov