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Adam Crowell Jan 16, 2023 1 min read

FTC Increases Penalties by 7.745% in 2023

January 16, 2023.  The Federal Trade Commission Occupational increases penalties by 7.745%.

On January 16, 2023, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced increased penalties for various violations, which were adjusted for inflation.  Among other things, the FTC increased the penalties as it relates to Section 5 of the FTC Act.  Section 5 empowers the FTC to prosecute unfair and deceptive acts and practices (UDAP), and is often used by the FTC in enforcement actions against dealerships.

Specifically, the maximum civil penalty amount has increased from $46,517 to $50,120 for violations of Sections 5(l), 5(m)(1)(A), and 5(m)(1)(B) of the FTC Act.  The increase in penalties represents a 7.745% increase from the maximum penalties in 2022.

"Your dealership should take FTC compliance very seriously," said Adam Crowell, President & General Counsel at ComplyNet.  "The FTC has the ability to leverage fines of $50,120 per violation for numerous types of violations, ranging from discriminatory pricing practices to failing to post FTC Buyers Guides on used vehicles for sale," continued Crowell.    "It is important that you have a platform, process, and people that help your dealership mitigate the risk of a regulatory enforcement action," concluded Crowell.

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Adam Crowell

Adam is a partner at ComplyNet and a licensed practicing attorney with over 20 years of experience primarily representing dealerships, trucking companies, and auto auctions. His experience is that most regulatory fines and lawsuits are avoidable, but it takes proactive steps, the guidance of knowledgeable experts, and great systems to effectively mitigate these risks. Adam’s first-hand experience is that a company’s compliance efforts can be leveraged for significant insurance savings, and potentially used to win other business. Prior to joining ComplyNet, Adam served as general counsel to a data management company that provides information safeguarding and custom workflow solutions to the automotive industry. Adam has spoken on the local, state, and national levels, including presentations to the National Automobile Dealers Association (NADA), the National Independent Auto Dealers Association (NIADA), and the National Association of Dealer Counsel (NADC). Adam double majored in Economics and Religion at Denison University, and was elected into the honorary Order of the Curia for outstanding academics, character, and achievements at Capital University Law School