MCL - Section 445.1861

CREDIT REFORM ACT (EXCERPT)
Act 162 of 1995


445.1861 Action by attorney general, prosecuting attorney, or borrower; recovery of interest or other charges; attorney fees and court costs; class action.

Sec. 11.

    (1) The attorney general, the prosecuting attorney for the county where an alleged violation occurred, or a borrower may bring an action against a regulated lender to do 1 or more of the following:
    (a) Obtain a declaratory judgment that a method, act, or practice of a regulated lender is a violation of this act.
    (b) Enjoin a regulated lender who is engaging or about to engage in a method, act, or practice that is a violation of this act.
    (c) Recover $1,000.00 and actual damages if the alleged violation of this act was committed by a regulated lender for a non-credit card arrangement or $1,500.00 and actual damages if the alleged violation involved any other credit arrangements.
    (d) Recover reasonable attorney fees and the costs in connection with bringing an action under this act if the regulated lender is found to have violated this act.
    (e) In an action brought by the attorney general or a county prosecutor, recover a civil fine of not more than $10,000.00 if the regulated lender is found to have willfully and knowingly violated this act and $20,000.00 if the regulated lender is found to have persistently violated this act.
    (2) Except for a violation described in section 12, a regulated lender who violates this act in the extension of credit to a borrower or buyer shall not recover any interest or other charges in connection with the extension of credit. The borrower or buyer may recover reasonable attorney fees and court costs for enforcing this subsection or in defending against a cause of action brought by a regulated lender who has violated this act.
    (3) The attorney general or a borrower may bring a class action on behalf of persons injured by a violation of this act.


History: 1995, Act 162, Eff. Mar. 28, 1996
Compiler's Notes: For transfer of authority, powers, duties, functions, and responsibility of the financial institutions bureau and the commissioner of the financial institutions bureau to the commissioner of the office of financial and insurance services and the office of financial and insurance services by type III transfer, see E.R.O. No. 2000-2, compiled at MCL 445.2003 of the Michigan compiled laws.