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      RS 23:1669     


§1669.  Representation in court; civil and criminal actions

A.  In any civil action involving the administration of this Chapter, the administrator may be represented by any qualified attorney at law who is a regular salaried employee of the administrator and is designated by him for this purpose, or at the administrator's request, by the attorney general.

B.  All criminal actions for violations of any provisions of this Chapter, or of any rules or regulations issued pursuant thereto, shall be prosecuted by the prosecuting attorney of any parish in which the employer has a place of business or the violator resides or by the attorney general, or under his direction and control, at the request of the administrator.

C.  In furthering the collections of delinquent contributions, the administrator may procure the assistance of qualified attorneys at law on a contingent fee basis, taking into consideration the circumstances of the case, but in no instance shall the contingent fee for the successful collection of delinquent contributions exceed the amount of penalty collected as provided by this Chapter or ten percent of the total dollars collected, whichever is smaller.  In addition to the above, the administrator shall pay to qualified attorneys at law procured to collect delinquent contributions a sum of money not to exceed fifty dollars as reasonable compensation for the preparation and filing of lawsuits for collection of said delinquent taxes.

Amended by Acts 1950, No. 498, §13; Acts 1972, No. 336, §4; Acts 1979, No. 738, §1, eff. July 20, 1979; Acts 1986, No. 188, §1; Acts 2003, No. 461, §1, eff. June 20, 2003.

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