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…

South Korea Sexual Assault

An unidentified man who worked for Maersk Line Ltd. as a steward-baker on the tanker Maersk Rhode Island claimed he was sexually assaulted in South Korea and that Maersk was negligent under maritime law and failed to provide him medical treatment following the incident. He also claimed that he was wrongly fired under the pretext of intoxication. In December 2010, a Virginia state court jury awarded him $25 million in damages, later reduced to $2 million by the court. The Virginia Supreme Court reversed the lower court and remanded the case for a new trial. At a March 2015 retrial, the jury awarded him $3.75 million in damages (damages were fixed at $7.5 million, but the jury found the plaintiff was 50 percent responsible).

Misconduct Type
Enforcement Agency
Contracting Party
Court Type
Judgment Against Defendant
Date of Verdict in Retrial
Contractors Involved Penalty
AP Moller-Maersk A/S $3,750,000
Further Information Released
Appellate Opinion 9/14/2012

Federal Contractor Misconduct Database