Federal Contractor Misconduct Database (FCMD)

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Clovis, California TCP Contamination Lawsuit

A jury awarded the city of Clovis, California nearly $22 million in a lawsuit the city filed against Shell Oil Company over the cleanup of the chemical 1,2,3-trichloropropane, or TCP, in the city’s drinking-water wells. TCP, which has been linked to cancer and liver and kidney damage in animals, was used in farm fumigants. The city alleged that Shell acted intentionally and maliciously by including TCP in its fumigant and failing to warn the public about its risks. The jury found that the risks associated with Shell’s fumigant posed a substantial danger to Clovis residents, that ordinary consumers would not have recognized those risks, and that Shell failed to adequately warn or instruct of the potential risk. However, the jury found that Shell was not negligent and did not act fraudulently or with malice.

Misconduct Type
Enforcement Agency
Contracting Party
Court Type
Judgment Against Defendant
Date of Verdict
Contractors Involved Penalty
Royal Dutch Shell PLC $21,897,283
Further Information Released
Verdict Transcript 12/21/2016
Complaint 1/31/2006

Federal Contractor Misconduct Database