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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…

Baltimore County Gasoline Leak – Civil Litigation (2011)

A Baltimore County jury ordered ExxonMobil to pay approximately $1.5 billion in punitive damages and compensation to a group of 160 families and businesses (about 400 people in total) for claims of lost property value, emotional distress and medical monitoring resulting from a 2006 underground gasoline leak in the Jacksonville area of northern Baltimore County, Maryland. The leak took place over 37 days in January and February of 2006 at an Exxon gasoline station. It spilled about 25,000 gallons of unleaded gasoline into the groundwater near the center of a community that depends on private wells for drinking water. In February 2013, the Maryland Court of Appeals overturned most of the jury’s damage award and ordered new trials in more than 90 cases. In January 2014, it was reported that many of the plaintiffs settled with Exxon shortly before retrial. See related ExxonMobil instances “Baltimore County Gasoline Leak – Civil Litigation (2009)” and “Gasoline Leak (Baltimore County, Md.)”

Misconduct Type
Environment
Enforcement Agency
Non-Governmental
Contracting Party
None
Court Type
Civil
Disposition
Settlement
Date of Verdict
6/29/2011
Contractors Involved Penalty
Total
Exxon Mobil Undisclosed
Further Information Released
Appellate Opinion 2/26/2013

See also:

Federal Contractor Misconduct Database