JPMorgan to pay $410 million in record energy settlement

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission accused the bank of manipulating power markets and raising electricity bills

In a record-making settlement, JPMorgan Chase & Co. has agreed to pay $410 million to put to bed allegations that it manipulated power markets.

The U.S. Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) said in an order on Tuesday that the bank pledged to cough up $285 million in civil penalties and return $125 million in profits to electricity ratepayers in the Midwest and California, whose bills shot up from 2010 to 2012 thanks to JPMorgan's alleged interference. The settlement is the highest ever since 2005, when Congress granted FERC extra powers to police the energy markets. The bank also agreed to stop trying to collect $262 million in disputed payments from California's grid operator.

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