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…

Breeden v. Novartis (FMLA Retaliation)

A federal court ruled against Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corp. and in favor of employee Mary Kate Breeden on her claim of retaliation under the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) and awarded her almost $300,000 in damages (automatically doubled under the FMLA). Breeden, who worked as a pharmaceutical sales representative for Novartis, claimed that after she told the company she was pregnant, Novartis gave her fewer and smaller accounts, and that when she returned from maternity leave her position was eliminated.

Misconduct Type
Enforcement Agency
Contracting Party
Court Type
Judgment Against Defendant
Date of Verdict
Contractors Involved Penalty
Novartis AG $579,338
Further Information Released
Complaint 3/11/2010
Law Firm Press Release 3/11/2010
Verdict 3/11/2010

Federal Contractor Misconduct Database