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…

Tobin v. SmithKline Beecham (Paxil Wrongful Death)

The relatives of Donald Schell, who killed his family and himself in February 1998, blamed his actions on his use of the anti-depression drug Paxil and filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the manufacturer, SmithKline Beecham (n/k/a GlaxoSmithKline). A jury found in plaintiffs’ favor and awarded a total of $8 million in damages, for which GSK was held 80 percent responsible. Later, during GSK’s appeal, the parties reached a confidential settlement of the case.

Misconduct Type
Enforcement Agency
Contracting Party
Court Type
Judgment Against Defendant
Date of Verdict
Contractors Involved Penalty
GlaxoSmithKline $6,400,000
Further Information Released
Complaint 10/27/2009
Verdict 10/27/2009

Federal Contractor Misconduct Database