(a) The commissioner is authorized to investigate, and shall investigate upon the verified complaint in writing of any person, a scrap metal dealer for an alleged violation of an unregistered activity pursuant to § 62-9-102, purchase restrictions pursuant to §§ 62-9-106 and 62-9-107 or payment restrictions pursuant to §§ 62-9-104(c) and 62-9-107(d); provided, that a written complaint shall require evidence, documentary or otherwise, presented in connection with the written complaint, that makes out a prima facie case of a violation of unregistered activity, or purchase restrictions, or payment restrictions as determined by the commissioner.
Terms Used In Tennessee Code 62-9-114
- Commissioner: means the commissioner of commerce and insurance or the commissioner's designee or, in the event of the commissioner's or designee's absence or vacancy in the office of the commissioner, the deputy commissioner. See Tennessee Code 62-9-101
- Complaint: A written statement by the plaintiff stating the wrongs allegedly committed by the defendant.
- Evidence: Information presented in testimony or in documents that is used to persuade the fact finder (judge or jury) to decide the case for one side or the other.
- Person: means an individual, association, partnership, corporation, or any other legally cognizable organization or entity. See Tennessee Code 62-9-101
- Scrap metal: means any ferrous or nonferrous metal that is no longer used for its original purpose and is capable of being processed for reuse by a metal recycling facility, including, but not limited to, iron, brass, wire, cable, copper, bronze, aluminum, platinum, lead, solder, steel, stainless steel, catalytic converters or other similar obsolete ferrous or nonferrous metals, but shall not include recyclable aluminum cans. See Tennessee Code 62-9-101
- Scrap metal dealer: means a person who buys, exchanges or deals in scrap metal or an employee or agent of that dealer who has the express or implied authority to buy, exchange or deal in scrap metal on behalf of the dealer. See Tennessee Code 62-9-101
- State: when applied to the different parts of the United States, includes the District of Columbia and the several territories of the United States. See Tennessee Code 1-3-105
- written: includes printing, typewriting, engraving, lithography, and any other mode of representing words and letters. See Tennessee Code 1-3-105
(b) If, after investigation, the commissioner finds a scrap metal dealer to be in violation of any of the statutes enumerated in subsection (a), then the commissioner shall notify the dealer in writing of the dealer’s right to a hearing prior to imposing any sanction permitted under this chapter. If the dealer fails to notify the commissioner in writing within ten (10) days from the date of the commissioner’s notice that the dealer seeks a hearing, then such hearing shall be waived and the commissioner may impose upon the dealer any sanction or discipline permitted by this chapter. All hearings conducted pursuant to this subsection (b) shall be in accordance with the Uniform Administrative Procedures Act, compiled in title 4, chapter 5.
(c) In the event the matter contained in the complaint has been filed or made a part of a case pending in any court in this state, the commissioner may withhold its investigation or decision until the court action has been concluded.