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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…

Alexander et al. v. Fluor Corp. et al. (Lead Poisoning)

A group of 16 plaintiffs claimed injuries from exposure to lead dust produced at a lead smelter in Herculaneum, Missouri, owned and operated by three companies, including Fluor, between 1986 and 1994. The plaintiffs claimed that due to the companies’ negligence, they suffer from numerous effects of lead poisoning, including lower IQs, learning disabilities, attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder, depression, and asthma. In July 2011, a St. Louis Circuit Court jury awarded the plaintiffs $38.5 million in compensatory damages and $320 million in punitive damages ($240 million of which was attributed to Fluor). In June 2014, an appellate court overturned the punitive damages award against Fluor due to an erroneous jury instruction and remanded for reconsideration of punitive damages against Fluor.

Misconduct Type
Health
Enforcement Agency
Non-Governmental
Contracting Party
None
Court Type
Civil
Disposition
Judgment Against Defendant
Date of Verdict
7/28/2011
Contractors Involved Penalty
Total
Fluor Corporation $0
Further Information Released
Complaint 7/13/2012
Damage Awards 7/13/2012

Federal Contractor Misconduct Database