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…

Vioxx Individual Consumers Settlement

Merck agreed to pay $23 million to settle a nationwide class-action lawsuit claiming the company misled consumers into purchasing its Vioxx pain medication. The lawsuit alleged that Merck made false statements about Vioxx’s cardiovascular safety and effectiveness. The settlement class includes individuals who purchased Vioxx through September 30, 2004 (when Vioxx was pulled from the market) except those who purchased Vioxx while a resident of the state of Missouri and private and governmental third-party payors, all of whom had previously reached separate settlement agreements with Merck.

Misconduct Type
Enforcement Agency
Contracting Party
Court Type
Date of Preliminary Settlement
Contractors Involved Penalty
Merck & Co., Inc. $23,000,000
Further Information Released
Law Firm Press Release 9/9/2013
Preliminary Settlement Agreement 7/17/2013

Federal Contractor Misconduct Database