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…

NuvaRing Product Liability Litigation

Numerous lawsuits seek to hold Merck liable for failing to adequately warn consumers about the increased risk of blood clots associated with the use of the NuvaRing contraceptive device, which is manufactured by Merck’s Organon subsidiary (Schering-Plough acquired Organon in 2007; Schering-Plough merged with Merck in 2009). Plaintiffs claim to have suffered a variety of serious side effects from using NuvaRing, including pulmonary embolism, deep vein thrombosis, stroke, and heart attack. In February 2014, Merck paid $100 million to settle all federal and state claims without admitting any liability or wrongdoing.

Misconduct Type
Enforcement Agency
Contracting Party
Court Type
Date of Complaint
Contractors Involved Penalty
Merck & Co., Inc. $100,000,000
Further Information Released
Merck Press Release 3/10/2014
Settlement 2/7/2014
Complaint (Marianne Prather) 4/22/2008

Federal Contractor Misconduct Database