Civil Monetary Penalty

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Federal Trade Commission Announces Increased Fines

On June 29, 2016, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced significant increases in the maximum civil penalties for violations of 16 provisions of law it enforces, including the FTC Act and Clayton Act. Effective...more

OSHA Officially Increases Civil Penalties by 78 Percent

On June 30, 2016, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) announced its interim final rule on Federal Civil Penalties Inflation Adjustment Act Catch-Up Adjustments. The rule was formally published in the Federal Register on July...more

U.S. Targets Private Equity Funds for FCPA Scrutiny

The private equity industry is facing increased scrutiny by the U.S. Government for potential violations of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (“FCPA”). The Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) has created a new private...more

FTC Penalties Will More Than Double in August

Wages may be stagnant in the United States, but one thing on the rise is the price of getting on the wrong side of the Federal Trade Commission. Effective August 1, 2016, the maximum civil penalty dollar amount for...more

FTC Raises Maximum Civil Penalty to $40,000; HSR Act and Other Continuing Violations May Incur Civil Penalties of Over $14 million...

Key Points: The FTC is raising the maximum civil penalty that may be imposed for certain violations from $16,000 to $40,000. For HSR Act violations, where penalties may be imposed for each day the person is in...more

DOJ Announces Dramatic Increase in False Claims Act Penalties

On May 6th, we posted about the possibility that the Department of Justice (“DOJ”) might dramatically increase False Claims Act (“FCA”) penalties after the Railroad Retirement Board (“RRB”) nearly doubled the per-claim...more

Health Care Providers Put On Notice As False Claims Act Penalties Are Doubled

Effective August 1, 2016, Health care providers will be subject to significantly increased penalties for improperly receiving reimbursements from or avoiding payment to the Federal government. The U.S. Department of Justice...more

Maximum Civil Penalties for HSR Violations to Increase to $40,000 per Day

For parties considering a merger or other transaction, the civil penalties for failing to comply with the Hart-Scott-Rodino Antitrust Improvements Act of 1976 (“HSR Act”) are about to increase significantly. On June 29,...more

FTC Raises Maximum Potential Hart-Scott-Rodino Civil Penalties to $40,000 per Day, an Increase of 150 percent

On June 29, 2016, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced new maximum potential civil penalties for violations of various competition and other laws enforced by the FTC, including the Hart-Scott-Rodino Antitrust...more

Bigger Apparently is Better in DOJ’s Eyes – DOJ Piles On as False Claims Act CMPs Set to Almost Double on August 1, 2016

On June 30, 2016, the Department of Justice published an interim final rule with request for comments that applies an inflation adjustment to civil monetary penalty (CMP) amounts assessed by the Department, as mandated by the...more

So You’re an Overpaid Medicare Part C/D Provider or Supplier: Can You Keep the Change?

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (“CMS”) published the long-awaited final rule February 12, 2016, clarifying the specific procedures applicable to the statutory requirement under the Affordable Care Act (“ACA”)...more

Maryland Employers Will Face Tougher Sanctions for Misclassifying Workers as Independent Contractors

The heightened focus on misclassification of workers as independent contractors should cause concern for employers. At least 30 states have partnered with the federal government to target worker misclassification, with...more

2016 – Already a Record Year for CPSC Civil Penalty Settlements

At only the halfway point in 2016, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (“CPSC” or the “Commission”) has already broken last year’s record for total amount of civil penalties. Thanks in part to the largest CPSC civil...more

Mine Commission Upholds Safety Agency’s Demand for Records in Split Decision

The Federal Mine Safety and Health Review Commission has upheld a judge’s decision favoring the government over a Western Kentucky coal operator who had refused to honor a directive to provide federal authorities with a...more

Weekly Update Newsletter - June 2016 #4

SENATE TESTIMONY - Jon Williams Testifies in Kingdomware Senate Committee Hearing On June 23, Jon Williams, Partner in the PilieroMazza Government Contracts Group, testified before the U.S. Senate Committee on Small...more

CMS Overhauls Clinical Laboratory Fee Schedule with Long-anticipated Final Rule

On June 17, 2016, CMS released a long-anticipated final rule revising the Medicare payment system for clinical diagnostic laboratory tests paid under the Clinical Laboratory Fee Schedule (CLFS) (the Final Rule). In 2018,...more

Latest FTC Privacy Action Looks Carefully at Geolocation Promises

A mobile device’s geolocation can be passed to apps and ad networks through various application programming interfaces (APIs) provided by Android or iOS, but there are other ways to determine a consumer’s location using...more

OSHA Increasing Fines for Violations

Penalties assessed against employers for OSHA workplace health and safety violations will be adjusted for inflation under a law passed by Congress. On Nov. 2, 2015, Congress passed the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2015,...more

SEC Settles with Private Equity Fund Adviser Charged with Acting as an Unregistered Broker

A recent Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) settlement order highlights the importance that the SEC has placed on the issue of broker-dealer registration for the private equity industry. On June 1, 2016, the SEC...more

CFTC Brings Significant Enforcement Action Against Online Cryptocurrency Exchange

The action reflects the CFTC’s expanded jurisdiction and provides further clarity on what constitutes “actual delivery” in cryptocurrency trading. On June 2, 2016, the US Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC)...more

Advertising Law - June 2016 #2

Dietary Supplement Makers Reach Deal With FTC - The makers of a dietary supplement touted to help users lose weight and aid with the symptoms of menopause settled with the Federal Trade Commission over charges that their...more

Monitoring and Recording Consumers’ Calls in California Can Be a Risky Practice

Many businesses monitor or record customer service, telemarketing, and other telephone calls with consumers to help them improve customer service and for evidentiary reasons. Under federal and many state laws, calls may...more

"SEC Charges Private Equity Fund Adviser as an Unregistered Broker"

On June 1, 2016, the Securities and Exchange Commission (the "SEC") accepted a settlement offer from a registered investment adviser of private equity funds, and its founder, principal and managing member. The settlement...more

CFPB issues interim rule to adjust civil penalties for inflation

The CFPB has published an interim final rule to adjust the civil penalties within its jurisdiction for inflation. The adjustments were required by the Federal Civil Penalties Inflation Adjustment Act of 1990 which, pursuant...more

Morgan Stanley Fined $1 Million by SEC for Cybersecurity Violations

The SEC has taken a new enforcement action, demonstrating its expectations of industry and the willingness to use the variety of tools at its disposal to address concerns with cybersecurity previously signaled by an...more

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