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The DC Code: § 23-554 Authorization for recovery of civil damages.

Index23 Criminal Procedure. (Refs & Annos)
Any person whose wire or oral communication is intercepted, disclosed, or used in violation of this subchapter shall --
have a civil cause of action against any person who intercepts, discloses, or uses, or procures any other person to intercept, disclose, or use, such communications; and
be entitled to recover from any such person --
actual damages, but not less than liquidated damages computed at the rate of $100 a day for each day of violation, or $1,000 whichever is higher;
punitive damages; and
a reasonable attorney's fee and other litigation costs reasonably incurred.
Good faith reliance on a court order or legislative authorization shall constitute a complete defense to an action brought under this section or any other law.
As used in this section, the term "person" includes the District of Columbia. The District of Columbia shall not assert any governmental immunity to avoid liability under this section. Judgment against the District of Columbia shall not constitute a bar to action against any other person.

Historical and Statutory

Prior Codifications 1981 Ed., § 23-554. 1973 Ed., § 23-554. DC CODE § 23-554 Current through December 11, 2012


(July 29, 1970, 84 Stat. 626, Pub. L. 91-358, title II, § 210(a).)