Out-of-State Firms Hit with $1.3M in Fines

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Two top state officials say that out-of-state businesses paid more than $1 million in fines over the past year for not registering properly with Connecticut authorities.

Attorney General George Jepsen and Secretary of the State Denise Merill, both Democrats, said their offices had worked jointly to collect fines of $1,300,208.66 from 261 companies.


State law requires businesses formed outside of Connecticut to register with Merrill\’s office and pay $385 in fees before they can begin doing business here. Companies that don\’t register can be fined as much as $300 per month, plus an outstanding registration fees.

“Here in Connecticut, we strive for fair competition in the market place so that all businesses in the state have a chance to make a profit in this economic climate,” Merrill said.

Jepsen said in a statement that many companies don\’t know that they have to register and Merrill said that many actually report themselves to Connecticut authorities.


But both said that the registration process benefits the state\’s consumers and said that they hoped the fines would \”educate\” businesses.

“Registering with the state provides consumers with a layer of protection and helps ensure that all businesses are operating on a level playing field,\” Jepsen said.

The biggest fines of the past year were:

  • $54,570.00 from MTS Systems Corporation, a Minnesota based manufacturing company
  • $35,235.00 from California based Ventura Foods, LLC
  • $23,436.92 from New York-registered Katherine Cowdin, Inc., an interior design firm
  • $22,005.00 from Missouri-based Amdocs IT Services, LLC
  • $20,895.00 from Tecan U.S., Inc., a bioscience firm based in North Carolina
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7 thoughts on “Out-of-State Firms Hit with $1.3M in Fines

  1. Connecticut is Circling the Drain

    Connecticut Democrats are going to “educate” businesses right out of the state.

    Well done Democrats.

  2. susan

    We’ll teach these cheats. Trying to take away our much needed jobs now that Pratt is planning a big layoff here.

    1. The Conn-servative

      Cheats? For a minute I thought you were referring to Merrill + Jepsen.
      Actually, I do like George Jetson much better than his predecessor.
      And if they don’t do business in CT anymore AND don’t pay the fines,what is our SS going to do? Issue out of state arrest warrants for the ceo’s?

  3. Lawrence

    Huh. Go figure. Democratically elected state officials fulfilling their constitutional duties and ACTUALLY ENFORCING THE LAWS OF OUR STATE TO BENEFIT CONNECTICUT BUSINESSES AND CONSUMERS.
    Yes, wingers, that is certainly worthy of your mindless, knee-jerk conservative criticism. Well done!

    1. Connecticut is Circling the Drain

      It’s nice to know that Democrats selectively enforce some laws while crafting others in secrecy (gun control) and ignoring still others (sanctuary cities).

      Don’t get too high and mighty about Democrats enforcing laws there Lawrence of Libtardia.

    1. Connecticut is Circling the Drain

      I take it you have no issue with the substance of my post then.

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