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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…

Scharfstein v. BP West Coast Products et al. (Illegal Debit Card Fees)

A class-action lawsuit charged BP with violating the Oregon Unlawful Trade Practices Act at ARCO gas stations and AM-PM Minimarkets in Oregon. The lawsuit alleged that the gas stations advertise their gasoline prices without condition, but when customers pay with debit cards they are charged a 35-cent fee on top of the gas purchase price. In January 2014, a state court jury returned a verdict in favor of the plaintiffs, finding that BP recklessly violated the law and awarding $580 million in damages ($200 for each of the 2.9 million consumers who used a debit card to pay for gas at ARCO stations and AM-PM minimarkets between Jan. 1, 2011 and Aug. 31, 2013).

Misconduct Type
Consumer Affairs
Enforcement Agency
Non-Governmental
Contracting Party
None
Court Type
Civil
Disposition
Judgment Against Defendant
Date of Complaint
12/29/2011
Contractors Involved Penalty
Total
BP P.L.C. $580,000,000
Further Information Released
Law Firm Press Release (Feb. 2014) 2/5/2014
Law Firm Press Release (Sept. 2013) 9/1/2013
Complaint 12/29/2011

Federal Contractor Misconduct Database