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Peavey to Pay $225,000 to Settle FCC Probe

At issue was marketing, labeling of unintentional radiators, according to agency

Audio equipment and musical instrument maker Peavey Electronics Corp. has agreed to “voluntarily” pay $225,000 to the U.S. Treasury to settle an FCC investigation into whether the company marketed amplifiers, preamplifiers and mixers that complied with commission technical standards, as well as labeling and disclosure obligations.

The company admits it hadn’t labeled or provided disclosures for a number of devices it marketed, and agreed to implement a three-year compliance plan, according to the commission.

Peavey manufacturers and markets digital devices, including professional audio and live sound products, such as amplifiers, compressors, equalizers and mixers. The FCC classifies these devices as unintentional radiators subject to authorization prior to marketing, via either the commission’s equipment verification or declaration of conformity procedures.

The Enforcement Bureau’s case began in 2011, when the Spectrum Enforcement Division issued a letter of inquiry to Peavey about its devices. Peavey submitted information and documentation relating to the digital devices. In addition, Peavey acknowledged that some of its devices had not been properly labeled and that certain device user manuals were missing the required consumer disclosure statements, according to the commission.

Both Peavey and the FCC came to an agreement to resolve the case.