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The 2018 Florida Statutes

Title XLVII
CRIMINAL PROCEDURE AND CORRECTIONS
Chapter 934
SECURITY OF COMMUNICATIONS; SURVEILLANCE
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F.S. 934.27
934.27 Civil action: relief; damages; defenses.
(1) Except as provided in s. 934.23(5), any provider of electronic communication service, or subscriber or customer thereof, aggrieved by any violation of ss. 934.21-934.28 in which the conduct constituting the violation is engaged in with a knowing or intentional state of mind may, in a civil action, recover from the person or entity which engaged in that violation such relief as is appropriate.
(2) In a civil action under this section, appropriate relief includes:
(a) Such preliminary and other equitable or declaratory relief as is appropriate.
(b) Damages under subsection (3).
(c) A reasonable attorney’s fee and other litigation costs reasonably incurred.
(3) The court may assess as damages in a civil action under this section the sum of the actual damages suffered by the plaintiff and any profits made by the violator as a result of the violation, but in no case shall a plaintiff entitled to recover be awarded less than $1,000.
(4) A good faith reliance on any of the following is a complete defense to any civil or criminal action brought under ss. 934.21-934.28:
(a) A court warrant or order, a subpoena, or a statutory authorization, including, but not limited to, a request of an investigative or law enforcement officer to preserve records or other evidence, as provided in s. 934.23(7).
(b) A request of an investigative or law enforcement officer under s. 934.09(7).
(c) A good faith determination that s. 934.03(3) permitted the conduct complained of.
(5) A civil action under this section may not be commenced later than 2 years after the date upon which the claimant first discovered or had a reasonable opportunity to discover the violation.
History.s. 9, ch. 88-184; s. 11, ch. 89-269; s. 14, ch. 2000-369; s. 9, ch. 2002-72.