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…

Guo v. Novartis (Whistleblower Retaliation)

Min Amy Guo, a former executive at Novartis, claimed that she was fired for raising objections to a proposed study of Novartis’ breast cancer drug Afinitor. Guo raised concerns that the study, to be performed by McKesson Corporation, was too expensive, would violate internal procedures governing third-party studies, and would present a conflict of interest. In February 2019, a jury awarded Guo $1.8 million in damages on her state whistleblower retaliation claim. The jury awarded Novartis over $345,000 on the company’s counterclaim of unjust enrichment.

Misconduct Type
Enforcement Agency
Contracting Party
Court Type
Judgment Against Defendant
Date of Complaint
Contractors Involved Penalty
Novartis AG $1,470,679
Further Information Released
Complaint 6/10/2014

Federal Contractor Misconduct Database