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Subdivision 1.Cause of action.

Except as provided in section 626A.28, subdivision 5, a provider of electronic communication service, subscriber, or customer aggrieved by a violation of this chapter 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 relief as may be appropriate.

Subd. 2.Relief.

In a civil action under this section, appropriate relief includes:

(1) temporary and other equitable or declaratory relief as may be appropriate;

(2) damages under subdivision 3; and

(3) a reasonable attorney's fee and other litigation costs reasonably incurred.

Subd. 3.Damages.

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 is a person entitled to recover to receive less than the sum of $1,000.

Subd. 4.Defense.

A good faith reliance on:

(1) a court warrant or order, a grand jury subpoena, a legislative authorization, or a statutory authorization; or

(2) a good faith determination that section 626A.02, subdivision 3, permitted the conduct complained of;

is a complete defense to a civil or criminal action brought under sections 626A.26 to 626A.34 or any other law.

Subd. 5.Limitation.

A civil action under this section may not be commenced later than two years after the date upon which the claimant first discovered or had a reasonable opportunity to discover the violation.

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