§ 45. Unfair methods of competition unlawful; prevention byCommission
Penalty for violation of order; injunctions and other appropriate equitable relief
Any person, partnership, or corporation who violates an order of the Commission after it has become final, and while such order is in effect, shall forfeit and pay to the United States a civil penalty of not more than $10,000 for each violation, which shall accrue to the United States andmay be recovered in a civil action brought bythe Commission or the Attorney General of theUnited States. Each separate violation of such an order shall be a separate offense, except that ina case of a violation through continuing failure to obey or neglect to obey a final order of theCommission, each day of continuance of such failure or neglect shall be deemed a separateoffense. In such actions, the United States district courts are empowered to grant mandatoryinjunctions and such other and further equitable relief as they deem appropriate in theenforcement of such final orders of the Commission.(m)
Civil actions for recovery of penalties for knowing violations of rules and cease anddesist orders respecting unfair or deceptive acts or practices; jurisdiction; maximumamount of penalties; continuing violations; de novo determinations; compromise orsettlement procedure
(1)(A) The Commission may commence a civil action to recover a civil penalty in a district courtof the United States against any person, partnership, or corporation which violatest
his act or anyrule under this chapter ,respecting unfair or deceptive acts or practices (other than an interpretiverule or a rule violation of which the Commission has provided is not an unfair or deceptive act or practice in violation of subsection (a)(1),of this section) with actual knowledge or knowledgefairly implied on the basis of objective circumstances that such act is unfair or deceptive and is
violation of this Act or is prohibited by such rule. In such action, such person, partnership, or corporation shall be liable for a civil penalty of not more than $10,000 for each violation.(o) U
.²It is unlawful for any person, partnership, or corporation,knowingly or recklessly, to provide substantial assistance to another in violating any provision of this Act or of any other Act enforceable by the Commission that relates to unfair or deceptiveacts or practices. Any such violation shall constitute an unfair or deceptive act or practicedescribed in section 5(a)(1) of this Act [USC §45(a)(1)]. N
othing in this section shall be
construed as limiting or superseding the protection provided to any provider or user qualifying
for protection under section 230(c)(1) of the Communications Act of 1934 (47 U.S.C. 230(c)(1)).
§ 57a. Unfair or deceptive acts or practices rulemakingproceedings
Authority of Commission to prescribe rules and general statements of policy
(1) Except as provided in subsection (fh) of this section, the Commission may prescribe² (A) interpretive rules and general statements of policy with respect to unfair or deceptive acts or practices in or affecting commerce (within the meaning of section45 (a)(1)of this title), and
Civil penalty authority forviolations of Act itself: FTC can impose monetarypenalties for practices or acts they deem unfair ordeceptive.
Again, civil penalty authorityfor violation of the act.
This maximum is now$16,000 by operation of other statutes intended toindex for inflation
Aiding & abetting authority
Attempt to protect Section230 safe harbor for the Internet and otherinteractive computer services