The New York City Public Advocate filed an Article 78 claiming excessive fines for minor violations against New York City small businesses. Bill DeBlasio alleged that New York City's revenue push is resulting in hardship for small businesses. Fines have doubled from $400 millon in 2000 to $800 million in 2011.
I have seen a rash of ECB cases where the summonses were sent to old addresses or a worksite instead of a corporate office. One fine was for approximately $100,000 which was dismissed as the accused corporation did not do the work alleged.
Read more about these NYC violations.