Maine Revised Statutes

§1508-A. Administrative penalty

1. Penalty.  Unless otherwise specified in law, the commission may, in an adjudicatory proceeding, impose an administrative penalty as specified in this section.
A. For willful violations of this Title, a commission rule or a commission order by a public utility, voice service provider, dark fiber provider, wholesale competitive local exchange carrier or a competitive electricity provider, the commission may impose an administrative penalty for each violation in an amount that does not exceed $5,000 or .25% of the annual gross revenue that the public utility, voice service provider, dark fiber provider, wholesale competitive local exchange carrier or the competitive electricity provider received from sales in the State, whichever amount is lower. Each day a violation continues constitutes a separate offense. The maximum administrative penalty for any related series of violations may not exceed $500,000 or 5% of the annual gross revenue that the public utility, voice service provider, dark fiber provider, wholesale competitive local exchange carrier or the competitive electricity provider received from sales in the State, whichever amount is lower. [2011, c. 623, Pt. B, §5 (AMD).]
B. For a violation in which a public utility, voice service provider, dark fiber provider, wholesale competitive local exchange carrier or a competitive electricity provider was explicitly notified by the commission that it was not in compliance with the requirements of this Title, a commission rule or a commission order and that failure to comply could result in the imposition of administrative penalties, the commission may impose an administrative penalty that does not exceed $500,000. [2011, c. 623, Pt. B, §5 (AMD).]
C. The commission may impose an administrative penalty in an amount that does not exceed $1,000 on any person that is not a public utility, voice service provider, dark fiber provider, wholesale competitive local exchange carrier or a competitive electricity provider and that violates this Title, a commission rule or a commission order. Each day a violation continues constitutes a separate offense. The administrative penalty may not exceed $25,000 for any related series of violations. [2011, c. 623, Pt. B, §5 (AMD).]
D. In addition to the administrative penalties authorized by this subsection, the commission may require disgorgement of profits or revenues realized as a result of a violation of this Title, a commission rule or a commission order. [2003, c. 505, §23 (NEW).]
[ 2011, c. 623, Pt. B, §5 (AMD) .]
2. Considerations.  In determining the amount of an administrative penalty under this section, the commission shall take into account:
A. The severity of the violation, including the intent of the violator and the nature, circumstances, extent and gravity of the prohibited act; [2003, c. 505, §23 (NEW).]
B. The reasonableness of the violator's belief that the violator's action or lack of action was in conformance with this Title, a commission rule or a commission order; [2003, c. 505, §23 (NEW).]
C. The violator's history of previous violations; [2003, c. 505, §23 (NEW).]
D. The amount necessary to deter future violations; [2003, c. 505, §23 (NEW).]
E. The violator's good faith attempts to comply after notification of a violation; and [2003, c. 505, §23 (NEW).]
F. Such other matters as justice requires. [2003, c. 505, §23 (NEW).]
[ 2003, c. 505, §23 (NEW) .]
SECTION HISTORY
2003, c. 505, §23 (NEW). 2011, c. 623, Pt. B, §5 (AMD).

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