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Federal Contractor Misconduct Database (FCMD)

The federal government routinely awards contracts to companies with histories of misconduct, including contract fraud and other violations. POGO believes that providing this website will help to improve contracting decisions and increase public knowledge of how the government spends billions of taxpayer dollars each year. Read more…

Cox vs. Shell Oil Company (Polybutylene Pipe)

A nationwide class-action lawsuit against Shell Oil Co. and Hoechst Celanese Corporation was filed on behalf of owners of houses, mobile homes and other structures with Polybutylene (PB) piping installed between Jan. 1, 1978 and July 31, 1995. Shell and Hoechst Celanese supplied raw materials used in the manufacture of the pipes, which plaintiffs claimed were defective and prone to leaking. The lawsuit was settled in November 1995. Under the settlement, the defendants committed over $1 billion to a settlement fund to compensate those who sustained property damages or repair costs as the result of using PB plumbing.

Misconduct Type
Consumer Affairs
Enforcement Agency
Non-Governmental
Contracting Party
None
Court Type
Civil
Disposition
Settlement
Date of Settlement
11/17/1995
Contractors Involved Penalty
Total
Royal Dutch Shell PLC Unknown
Further Information Released
Settlement Documents 1/7/2009

Federal Contractor Misconduct Database