MSG CEO James Dolan Fined $609,810 for Federal Reporting Violations

Madison Square Garden’s Chairman and CEO has settled prices with the U.S. Federal Trade Commission (FTC).

More cash, extra issues — and much more fines for even the slightest federal reporting errors.

In this case, Madison Square Garden chairman and CEO has been slapped with a $609,810 penalty for a pair reporting violations.  The fines, hammered out with Federal Trade Commission (FTC), pertains to violations the Hart-Scott-Rodino Act.

The fines stem from the acquisition greater than $161 million in voting securities within the Madison Square Garden Company, which triggered a quantity regulatory necessities for Dolan.  The acquisition pushed Dolan’s holdings previous particular holding thresholds, which required reporting with varied regulators and the U.S. Department Justice.

“According to the criticism that the FTC referred to the Department Justice, Dolan violated the HSR Act by failing to file a notification his acquisition further voting securities in Madison Square Garden Company when his holdings crossed the related submitting threshold on the time the alleged submitting violation, and failing to watch the required ready interval previous to the acquisition the shares,” the FTC acknowledged in a launch issued Thursday.

The FTC famous that this was the second submitting violation, with Dolan additionally in error following acquisitions Cablevision securities in 2010.

Specifically, Dolan was discovered to be in violation reporting necessities associated to MSG Company from September 11th till December 26th 2017.  “Although Dolan made a corrective submitting, the criticism alleges that Dolan was in steady violation the HSR Act from Sept. 11, 2017 – when he acquired the extra Madison Square Garden Company voting securities – by means of Dec. 26, 2017, when the ready interval expired on his corrective submitting,” the FTC assertion continued.

Meanwhile, Dolan has thrown his compliance agency beneath the bus.

In truth, it appears to be like like regulation agency Debevoise & Plimpton won’t solely take the blame — they’ll additionally pay the superb.  “Debevoise & Plimpton is the regulation agency accountable for making well timed (Hart-Scott-Rodino Act) filings referring to Jim Dolan’s MSG inventory,” a Dolan rep instructed Billboard.

“Debevoise inadvertently missed a required (Hart-Scott-Rodino Act) submitting deadline, for a second time, which resulted in a superb by the FTC.  They’ve agreed to pay the superb consequently their mistake.”