The U.S. Department of Justice is increasing its fines for violations of the Americans with Disabilities Act for the first time since 1999.

For violations of the act that occur after April 28, the Justice Department's new maximum fines will be $75,000 for the first offense and $150,000 for subsequent violations.

Those are up from $55,000 and $110,000 respectively, set in 1999.

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Dan Cook

Dan Cook is a journalist and communications consultant based in Portland, OR. During his journalism career he has been a reporter and editor for a variety of media companies, including American Lawyer Media, BusinessWeek, Newhouse Newspapers, Knight-Ridder, Time Inc., and Reuters. He specializes in health care and insurance related coverage for BenefitsPRO.