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…

Atallah vs. Equilon Enterprises (Fraud)

Elias Atallah claimed that Royal Dutch Shell subsidiary Equilon Enterprises LLC (doing business as Shell Oil Products, U.S.) had defrauded him while he was negotiating the purchase of a gas station from the company in Riverside County, California, in 2003. Atallah claimed that Equilon had intentionally concealed from him the fact that the county would force the station impose costly environmental remediation measures to prevent groundwater contamination. In 2006, a state jury found Equilon guilty of intentional fraud and concealment and awarded Atallah $1.65 million in compensatory damages. The jury also found that Equilon had acted with “oppression, malice or fraud” and was therefore liable for punitive damages. In March 2010, a jury awarded $50 million in punitive damages.

Misconduct Type
Non-governmental Contract Fraud
Enforcement Agency
Contracting Party
Court Type
Judgment Against Defendant
Date of Punitives Verdict
Contractors Involved Penalty
Royal Dutch Shell PLC $51,650,000
Further Information Released
Appellate Opinion 5/11/2010
Law Firm Press Releases 5/11/2010

Federal Contractor Misconduct Database