Article - State Government
(a) The Commission may commence a civil action in the appropriate circuit court if the Commission has probable cause to believe that:
(1) (i) a person or group of persons is engaged in a pattern or practice of resistance to the full enjoyment of any of the rights granted by this part and Subtitle 7 of this title; or
(ii) any group of persons has been denied any of the rights granted by this part and Subtitle 7 of this title; and
(2) the resistance or denial raises an issue of general public importance.
(b) The Commission or other party at whose request a subpoena is issued under this part may enforce a subpoena in appropriate proceedings in the circuit court for the county in which the person to whom the subpoena was addressed resides, was served, or transacts business.
(c) (1) In a civil action under subsection (a) of this section, the court may:
(i) award preventive relief, including a permanent or temporary injunction, restraining order, or other order against the person responsible for a violation of Subtitle 7 of this title as necessary to assure the full enjoyment of the rights granted by Subtitle 7 of this title;
(ii) award other relief the court considers appropriate, including monetary damages to aggrieved persons; and
(iii) to vindicate the public interest, assess a civil penalty against the respondent:
1. in an amount not exceeding $50,000, for a first violation; and
2. in an amount not exceeding $100,000, for any subsequent violation.
(2) In a civil action under this section, the court may allow the prevailing party, including the Commission, reasonable attorney’s fees and costs.
(d) (1) On timely application, a person may intervene in a civil action commenced by the Commission under subsection (a) or (b) of this section, if the action involves:
(i) an alleged discriminatory housing practice to which the person is an aggrieved person; or
(ii) a conciliation agreement to which the person is a party.
(2) The court may grant any appropriate relief to any intervening party that is authorized to be granted to a plaintiff in a civil action under § 20–1035 of this subtitle.