On January 10, 2017, TTB published a Federal Register notice adjusting the civil monetary penalty imposed for violations of the Alcohol Beverage Labeling Act of 1988 (the ABLA). The ABLA requires the labels of alcohol beverages sold in the United States to bear the now-familiar Government Warning Statement. When first enacted, the maximum civil penalty for violations was $10,000 per day.
Under TTB’s latest inflation adjustment, the maximum penalty will stand at $20,111 per day, beginning with all penalties assessed after January 10, 2017. This new amount will apply even in cases where the underlying violation occurred prior to the effective date of the new penalty amount. View the full text of TTB’s notice here.