Federal Contractor Misconduct Database (FCMD)

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U.S. ex rel. Robert Hindin v. Hewlett Packard, et al. (Defective Medical Monitoring Devices)

Hewlett-Packard and Agilent Technologies (spun off from HP in 1999) agreed to pay a total of $7 million to settle charges that they knowingly sold defective medical equipment to federal government agencies and failed to investigate or correct the problems. Former HP engineer Robert Hindin filed a False Claims Act lawsuit in 1997 alleging that HP and Agilent sold to the Department of Veterans Affairs and the Department of Defense medical monitoring devices that the companies knew were defective or failed at a higher than expected rate, including patient monitors, oxygen monitors (known as pulse oximeters), and equipment to monitor anesthesia. The government claimed that HP and Agilent did not properly investigate the product failures, although they were aware of them.

Misconduct Type
Government Contract Fraud
Enforcement Agency
Multiple Agencies
Contracting Party
Multiple Agencies
Court Type
Date of Settlement Announcement
Contractors Involved Penalty
Hewlett-Packard Company Unknown
Further Information Released
Law Firm Press Release 7/30/2002

Federal Contractor Misconduct Database