Nebraska Revised Statute 60-1415
Disciplinary actions; findings of board; order; restitution; appeal; distribution of fines.
(1) The board shall state in writing, officially signed by the chairperson or vice-chairperson and the executive director, its findings and determination after such hearing and its order in the matter. If the board determines and orders that an applicant is not qualified to receive a license or registration, no license or registration shall be granted. If the board determines that the party has willfully or through undue negligence been guilty of any violation of the Motor Vehicle Industry Regulation Act or any rule or regulation adopted and promulgated by the board under authority of the act, the board may suspend or revoke the license or registration, place the party on probation, assess an administrative fine, or take any combination of such actions. In determining the amount of the fine, the board may consider the appropriateness of the penalty with respect to the gravity of the violation, the history of previous violations, and any attempt made by the party to retaliate against another party for seeking relief pursuant to the laws, rules, or regulations relating to motor vehicle industry licensing. The board may also, after hearing, assess an additional administrative fine in an amount not to exceed five thousand dollars for each day a violation continues if a party fails to obey a direct order of the board or repeats the same violation within forty-eight months of the previous violation. The imposition of any such additional administrative fine shall commence one month after the initial order of the board or any final order on appeal if taken for failure to obey a direct order of the board and on the date of the second or subsequent violation for repeat violations within forty-eight months. The board may make a demand on a violator for restitution to a harmed consumer. The party may appeal the decision of the board. The appeal shall be in accordance with the Administrative Procedure Act.
(2) The board shall remit administrative fines to the State Treasurer on a monthly basis for distribution in accordance with Article VII, section 5, of the Constitution of Nebraska. Any administrative fine imposed under this section and unpaid shall constitute a debt to the State of Nebraska which may be collected by lien foreclosure or sued for and recovered in any proper form of action, in the name of the State of Nebraska, in the district court of the county in which the violator resides or owns property.
- Laws 1957, c. 280, § 15, p. 1023;
- Laws 1963, c. 365, § 11, p. 1178;
- Laws 1967, c. 394, § 9, p. 1236;
- Laws 1971, LB 768, § 17;
- Laws 1972, LB 1335, § 12;
- Laws 1974, LB 754, § 12;
- Laws 1978, LB 248, § 10;
- Laws 1984, LB 825, § 25;
- Laws 1988, LB 352, § 107;
- Laws 1993, LB 106, § 3;
- Laws 2010, LB816, § 69.
- Administrative Procedure Act, see section 84-920.
A motor vehicle dealer is not a consumer within the meaning of this section, and therefore, a dealer may not be granted restitution under the authority of this section. Chrysler Corp. v. Lee Janssen Motor Co., 248 Neb. 281, 534 N.W.2d 568 (1995).
The failure of the Nebraska Motor Vehicle Industry Licensing Board to make a specific determination of undue negligence or willfulness is not fatal if the court finds, after a de novo review, the record supports such a finding. Park Place Pontiac v. Neb. Motor Vehicle Ind. Lic. Bd., 232 Neb. 273, 440 N.W.2d 445 (1989).
In order to perfect an appeal from an order of the Nebraska Motor Vehicle Industry Licensing Board, an appeal bond must be filed with the board within ten days of the rendition of the order. Kizzier Chevrolet Co. v. General Motors Corp., 219 Neb. 319, 363 N.W.2d 167 (1985).