Oct 17, 2011
Compromise Agreements Recover $477,500 in Penalties
Eight compromise agreements recovered a total of $477,500 in civil penalties for alleged violations of the Shipping Act. The agreements were reached with ten non-vessel-operating common carriers (NVOCCs) and related companies providing ocean transportation services. The agreed penalties resulted from investigations conducted by the Commission’s Area Representatives in Los Angeles, New York, Seattle, South Florida, and Washington, D.C. Staff attorneys with the Commission’s Bureau of Enforcement negotiated the compromise agreements. The parties settled and agreed to penalties, but did not admit to violations of the Act or the Commission’s regulations.