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…

Brigham Young University v. Pfizer (Breach of Contract)

Brigham Young University (BYU) claimed that Monsanto Company (acquired by Pfizer in 2003) fraudulently breached an agreement to collaborate on the development of a non-steroidal, anti-inflammatory drug, or “super aspirin”, in the early 1990s. BYU claimed that Monsanto, its pharmaceutical subsidiary, G.D. Searle, and successor companies Pharmacia and Pfizer secretly misappropriated BYU’s work, concealed BYU’s role in the development of the anti-inflammatory drug Celebrex, and unjustly kept all the profits derived from its sale. Pfizer disclosed in a 2013 financial report that it settled the lawsuit for $450 million.

Misconduct Type
Non-governmental Contract Fraud
Enforcement Agency
Contracting Party
Court Type
Date of First Amended Complaint
Contractors Involved Penalty
Pfizer, Inc. Unknown
Further Information Released
Pfizer 2Q 2013 Report (excerpt) 3/31/2013
First Amended Complaint 7/1/2010

Federal Contractor Misconduct Database