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…

Boles v. Merck (Fosamax Products Liability)

Shirley Boles claimed that she developed osteonecrosis of the jaw as a result of using Merck’s Fosamax osteoporosis drug from 1997 to 2006. In June 2010, a federal jury found that Fosamax was defectively designed and awarded Boles $8 million in damages, which the judge later reduced to $1.5 million. In September 2012, before a retrial on the damages issue, the parties agreed to a confidential final damage award.

Misconduct Type
Enforcement Agency
Contracting Party
Court Type
Judgment Against Defendant
Date of Verdict
Contractors Involved Penalty
Merck & Co., Inc. Undisclosed
Further Information Released
October 2010 Judgment 10/4/2010

Federal Contractor Misconduct Database