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to impose a financial penalty, sometimes used of a finding of expenses or costs against a party in a litigation.
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MULCT, punishment. A fine imposed on the conviction of an offence.

MULCT, commerce. An imposition laid on ships or goods by a company of trade, for the maintenance of consuls and the like. Obsolete.

A Law Dictionary, Adapted to the Constitution and Laws of the United States. By John Bouvier. Published 1856.
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(246) Lawyers of the day classified such statutes as "penal." (247) But they did not mean that the mulcts authorized by these statutes could be recovered only through criminal prosecutions.
They've ditched old common law rules so as to charge deep-pocket defendants with harms that were once considered other people's fault, thus making it thinkable to mulct automakers for the costs of drunk drivers' crashes, tobacco companies for the costs of smokers' indulgence in the weed, and now gun makers for the damage caused when their wares are used in crimes.
Innocent people fall prey to the extortion schemes of soul-less employees who mulct from harried passengers who are forced to fork over some of their hard-earned money due to no fault of their own.
Lt Col Shalimar Imperial, 27th Infantry Battalion commander, said the NPA is engaged in extortion activities called "Rebolusyonaryong Buwis sa Kaaway na Uri" (RBKU) designed to mulct companies not just merely for logistical and financial support but mainly to paralyze their operations and displace workers of the company.
Monreal has assured the public that the campaign covers not only security forces but also civilian employees at the NAIA, saying it is unforgivable to compel passengers, particularly overseas workers, to shell out money for services they are entitled to and mulct money from them.
The corrupt profited from billions in the "rent" and "protection money" they mulcted regularly from vendors, shopkeepers, and entrepreneurs.
The intelligent woman is "mulcted" or deprived of full womanhood because, Lady Waldemar claims, women poets' hearts must be "starved to make [their] heads" (3.409-410).
All taxpayers, all draftees, all victims of the State have been mulcted. How to go about returning all this property to the taxpayers?
for the observance of the minutest of their respective duties; with only little mulcts [deprivations or fines], that at first only there was occasion to exact." Their leisure reading, provided by Sir Charles, resides in three separate bookcases--I: Morality, II: Housewifery, and III: History.
(33) Qualified immunity was necessary, according to the Court, because "[a] policeman's lot is not so unhappy that he must choose between being charged with dereliction of duty if he does not arrest when he had probable cause, and being mulcted in damages if he does." (34) The scope of the qualified immunity defense is in many ways consistent with an interest in protecting government officials from financial liability.
Unhappily, that policeman's salary is financed from monies mulcted from taxpayers against their will.