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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…

Turpin v. Highmark (EOB Form Noncompliance With ERISA)

A class action lawsuit alleged that computerized “Explanation of Benefits” (EOB) forms sent by Highmark to customers failed to provide adequate information as to why claims were rejected and how to appeal claim denials, in violation of the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA). Under the terms of a settlement, Highmark agreed to make significant changes in its EOB forms. The settlement also provided that class members who had certain claims denied between July 2003 and June 2006 would be able to request a review of those denials and, if successful, have the benefits paid by Highmark.

Misconduct Type
Consumer Affairs
Enforcement Agency
Non-Governmental
Contracting Party
None
Court Type
Civil
Disposition
Settlement
Date of Settlement
9/19/2006
Contractors Involved Penalty
Total
Highmark Inc. $0
Further Information Released
AARP Press Release 2/27/2013
Settlement Agreement 2/27/2013
Settlement Notice 2/27/2013

Federal Contractor Misconduct Database