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§ 7-266.1. Punitive damages

West's Annotated Code of MarylandEnvironment

West's Annotated Code of Maryland
Title 7. Hazardous Materials and Hazardous Substances (Refs & Annos)
Subtitle 2. Controlled Hazardous Substances (Refs & Annos)
Part VIII. Enforcement
MD Code, Environment, § 7-266.1
§ 7-266.1. Punitive damages
In general
(a) In addition to being subject to penalties under §§ 7-266 and 7-267 of this subtitle and cost recovery under § 7-221 of this subtitle, a responsible person who fails without sufficient cause to comply with a final order issued under this subtitle is subject to punitive damages, not exceeding three times the amount of any costs that are incurred by the State:
(1) After the date of the final decision as provided in subsection (b) of this section; and
(2) As a result of the responsible person's failure to comply with the final order.
Department determination
(b)(1) Before seeking the punitive damages authorized by subsection (a) of this section, the Department shall issue to the responsible person a determination that the responsible person failed without sufficient cause to comply with a final order issued under this subtitle.
(2) A responsible person subject to a determination issued by the Department under paragraph (1) of this subsection is entitled to a contested case hearing to determine whether the responsible person had sufficient cause for the failure to comply with the final order.
(3) Following a final decision upholding the determination issued by the Department, the State may commence a civil action against the responsible person to recover the punitive damages.


Added by Acts 2004, c. 72, § 1, eff. Oct. 1, 2004; Acts 2004, c. 73, § 1, eff. Oct. 1, 2004.
MD Code, Environment, § 7-266.1, MD ENVIR § 7-266.1
Current through legislation effective through May 9, 2024, from the 2024 Regular Session of the General Assembly. Some statute sections may be more current, see credits for details.
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