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…

Abarca, et al. v. Merck (Hexavalent Chromium Contamination)

Residents of Merced County, California alleged that former Merck unit Baltimore Aircoil Company (BAC) exposed the population to hexavalent chromium when it ran a wood-treating facility in the area between 1969 and 1994. In March 2011, a federal jury determined that BAC’s operations at the facility resulted in contamination of the air and certain water sources. Later phases of the trial will determine the liability of each defendant and whether plaintiffs are entitled to damages.

Misconduct Type
Enforcement Agency
Contracting Party
Court Type
Judgment Against Defendant
Date of Complaint
Contractors Involved Penalty
Merck & Co., Inc. $0
Further Information Released
Complaint 5/21/2011
Merck Press Release 5/21/2011
Phase 1 Jury Verdict 5/21/2011

Federal Contractor Misconduct Database