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Company: Vivendi Universal
Current Parent CompanyUniversal Music Group
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Penalty: $12,000,000
Year: 2006
Date: May 11, 2006
Offense Group: consumer-protection-related offenses
Primary Offense: consumer protection violation
Violation Description: A subsidy of Vivendi Universal agreed to make $12 million in charitable contributions as part of the settlement of allegations that it made payments and provided expensive gifts to radio stations and their employees in return for airplay for the company's songs, a practice known as payola.
Level of Government: state
Action Type: agency action
Agency: New York Attorney General
Civil or Criminal Case: civil
Facility State: New York
HQ Country of Current Parent: Netherlands
Ownership Structure of Current Parent: publicly traded
Major Industry of Current Parent: entertainment
Specific Industry of Current Parent: music
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