(1) The attorney general, an assistant attorney general on behalf of the attorney general, or a prosecuting attorney may conduct an investigation of an alleged violation of this act.
(2) If the attorney general or a prosecuting attorney has reasonable cause to believe that a person has information or is in possession, custody, or control of any document or other tangible object relevant to an investigation for violation of this act, the attorney general or a prosecuting attorney, after notifying the attorney general, may serve upon the person, before bringing any criminal action, a written demand to appear and be examined under oath, and to produce the document or object for inspection and copying. The demand shall include all of the following:
Terms Used In Michigan Laws 752.1008
- Answer: The formal written statement by a defendant responding to a civil complaint and setting forth the grounds for defense.
- Arrest: Taking physical custody of a person by lawful authority.
- Interrogatories: Written questions asked by one party of an opposing party, who must answer them in writing under oath; a discovery device in a lawsuit.
- oath: shall be construed to include the word "affirmation" in all cases where by law an affirmation may be substituted for an oath; and in like cases the word "sworn" shall be construed to include the word "affirmed". See Michigan Laws 8.3k
- Person: means an individual, corporation, partnership, association, or any other legal entity. See Michigan Laws 752.1002
- Pleadings: Written statements of the parties in a civil case of their positions. In the federal courts, the principal pleadings are the complaint and the answer.
- Service of process: The service of writs or summonses to the appropriate party.
- state: when applied to the different parts of the United States, shall be construed to extend to and include the District of Columbia and the several territories belonging to the United States; and the words "United States" shall be construed to include the district and territories. See Michigan Laws 8.3o
- Testify: Answer questions in court.
- Testimony: Evidence presented orally by witnesses during trials or before grand juries.
(a) Be served upon the person in the manner required for service of process in this state.
(b) Describe the nature of the conduct constituting the violation under investigation.
(c) Describe the document or object with sufficient definiteness to permit it to be fairly identified.
(d) Contain a copy of any written interrogatories.
(e) Prescribe a reasonable time at which the person must appear to testify, within which to answer the written interrogatories, and within which the document or object must be produced, and advise the person that objections to or reasons for not complying with the demand may be filed with the attorney general or prosecuting attorney making the demand, on or before that time.
(f) Specify a place for the taking of testimony or for production and designate the person who shall be custodian of the document of object.
(g) Contain a copy of subsection (3).
(3) If a person objects to or otherwise fails to comply with the written demand served upon him or her under subsection (2), the attorney general or a prosecuting attorney, after notifying or at the request of the attorney general, may file in the circuit court of the county in which the person resides or in which the person maintains a principal place of business within this state an action to enforce the demand. Notice of hearing the action and a copy of all pleadings shall be served upon the person, who may appear in opposition. If the court finds that the demand is proper, that there is reasonable cause to believe that there may have been or is presently occurring a violation of this act, and that the information sought or document of object demanded is relevant to the investigation, the court shall order the person to comply with the demand, subject to modification the court may prescribe. Upon motion by the person and for good cause shown, the court may make any further order in the proceedings that justice requires to protect the person from unreasonable annoyance, embarrassment, oppression, burden, or expense.
(4) Except as required by federal law, any procedure, testimony taken, or material produced shall be kept confidential by the attorney general or a prosecuting attorney before bringing an action against a person under this act for the violation under investigation, unless confidentiality is waived by the person being investigated and the person who has testified, answered interrogatories, or produced material, or disclosure is authorized by the court.
(5) For purposes of enforcing this act, the attorney general may appoint investigators who shall be peace officers and whose duties include, but are not limited to, the following:
(a) To execute and serve search warrants, arrest warrants, subpoenas, administrative warrants, and summonses issued under the authority of the state.
(b) To seize property pursuant to the laws of this state.
(c) Investigators appointed by the attorney general may exercise the powers provided in this subsection when working in conjunction with local law enforcement agencies or the department of state police.