MONOPOLIES AND TRADE PRACTICES
IDAHO COMPETITION ACT
48-109. Civil investigations. (1) Whenever the attorney general has reason to believe that a person is engaging or has engaged in any act or practice declared unlawful by this chapter, he may, prior to the institution of a civil proceeding thereon, execute in writing and cause to be served upon any person who is believed to have information, documentary material, or physical evidence relevant to a civil investigation, a written civil investigative demand requiring that person to appear and give oral testimony, under oath, concerning documentary material or information, or to produce relevant documentary material or physical evidence for examination, at a reasonable time and place as may be stated in the investigative demand, or to furnish any combination thereof, concerning the conduct of any Idaho commerce that is the subject matter of the investigation. The return date of a civil investigative demand shall be not less than thirty (30) days after service of the demand.
(2) To accomplish the objectives and to carry out the duties prescribed by this chapter, the attorney general may also issue subpoenas to any person and conduct hearings in aid of any investigation or inquiry.
(3) (a) The scope of any civil investigative demand or subpoena shall be consistent with the scope of discovery as provided for by rule 26(b)(1), Idaho rules of civil procedure.
(b) Any person who is not the subject of investigation shall be reimbursed the reasonable expenses of complying with a civil investigative demand or subpoena.
(4) At any time before the return date specified in a civil investigative demand, or within thirty (30) days after the demand has been served, whichever period is later, a petition to extend the return date, or to modify or set aside the demand, stating good cause, may be filed in the district court of the county where the person served with the demand resides or has his principal place of business or in the district court in Ada county.
(5) Any person who in good faith complies with a subpoena or investigative demand issued under this section shall be immune from criminal or civil liability for such compliance, so long as such person has complied with any express contractual obligation to notify a third party of the civil investigative demand or subpoena.
(6) Except as provided in subsection (7) of this section, any procedure, testimony taken, or material produced under this section shall be kept confidential by the attorney general before bringing an action against a person under this chapter for the violation under investigation unless confidentiality is waived by the person whose testimony is disclosed, or is waived by the person who produced to the attorney general or his designee the material being disclosed, or the disclosure is authorized by court order.
(7) The attorney general or his designee may disclose the testimony or material to a person who has a need to know such information and is employed by this state, the United States, or any other state, if, before disclosure, the receiving official agrees in writing to comply with the confidentiality provisions of this section and the attorney general or his designee has determined prior to making such disclosure that disclosure to the receiving person is reasonably necessary to permit proper enforcement of the antitrust laws of the United States or any state.
(8) The attorney general or his designee may exclude from the place of any examination under this section any person, except the person being examined and that person’s counsel.
[48-109, added 2000, ch. 148, sec. 3, p. 381.]