The Federal Trade Commission has adjusted the maximum civil penalty dollar amounts for violations of 16 provisions of law the agency enforces, as required by the Federal Civil Penalties Inflation Adjustment Act Improvements Act of 2015.
The Act directs agencies to implement annual inflation adjustments based on a prescribed formula. The new maximum civil penalty amounts will take effect once they are published in the Federal Register.
The maximum civil penalty amount has increased from $43,792 to $46,517 for violations of Sections 5(l), 5(m)(1)(A), and 5(m)(1)(B) of the FTC Act, 7A(g)(l) of the Clayton Act and Section 525(b) of the Energy Policy and Conservation Act. It has increased from $576 to $612 for violations of Section 10 of the FTC Act. The maximum civil penalty amount has increased from $1,246,249 to $1,323,791 for violations of Section 814(a) of the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007. The maximum civil penalty amounts for other law violations within the agency’s jurisdiction are listed in the Federal Register notice.
The Commission voted 4-0 to publish the Federal Register notice amending Commission Rule 1.98.