Health & Safety Code Section 432.018
Civil Penalty; Injunction
(a)If it appears that a person has violated, is violating, or is threatening to violate this chapter or a rule adopted or order issued under this chapter, the commissioner may request the attorney general or a district, county, or municipal attorney of the municipality or county in which the violation has occurred, is occurring, or may occur to institute a civil suit for:
(1)an order enjoining the act or an order directing compliance;
(2)a permanent or temporary injunction, restraining order, or other appropriate order if the department shows that the person is engaged in or is about to engage in any of the acts;
(3)the assessment and recovery of a civil penalty; or
(4)both the injunctive relief and civil penalty.
(b)The penalty may be in an amount not to exceed $25,000 for each violation. Each day a violation continues is a separate violation.
(c)In determining the amount of the penalty, the court shall consider:
(1)the person’s history of previous violations;
(2)the seriousness of the violation;
(3)any hazard to the health and safety of the public;
(4)the demonstrated good faith of the person charged; and
(5)other matters as justice may require.
(d)Venue for a suit brought under this section is in the municipality or county in which the violation occurred or in Travis County.
(e)A civil penalty recovered in a suit instituted by a local government under this chapter shall be paid to the local government.
(f)The commissioner and the attorney general may each recover reasonable expenses incurred in obtaining injunctive relief, civil penalties, or both under this section, including investigative costs, court costs, reasonable attorney fees, witness fees, and deposition expenses.
Section 432.018 — Civil Penalty; Injunction,
https://statutes.capitol.texas.gov/Docs/HS/htm/HS.432.htm#432.018 (accessed Dec. 2, 2023).