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…

Malek v. Blackmer Pump Co., et al. (Asbestos Exposure in Iran)

Farid Malek claimed that several companies—including Fluor, BP, and Royal Dutch Shell—were responsible for his mesothelioma. Malek alleged the defendants exposed him to asbestos-containing products and equipment between 1951 and 1979 at the Abadan Oil Refinery in Iran. In February 2016, a Los Angeles County jury awarded Malek $5.2 million in compensatory damages, for which Fluor and its Fluor Enterprises, Inc., and Middle East Fluor subsidiaries were held 40 percent responsible. The jury also found that the subsidiaries acted with malice and a conscious disregard for workers’ health and safety. The lawsuit settled for a confidential amount before the jury issued a punitive damages verdict and the court entered a final judgment. Malek also settled with BP and Shell.

Misconduct Type
Enforcement Agency
Contracting Party
Court Type
Date of Settlement Announcement
Contractors Involved Penalty
Fluor Corporation Undisclosed
BP P.L.C. Undisclosed
Royal Dutch Shell PLC Undisclosed
Further Information Released
Law Firm Press Release 2/19/2016
Complaint 5/20/2015

Federal Contractor Misconduct Database