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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…

California Antitrust Case – Business and Individual Consumers

Microsoft settled a California class-action lawsuit in a deal worth up to $1.1 billion. The settlement arose from claims that Microsoft unlawfully wielded its Windows monopoly to overcharge consumers for the operating system. The settlement allowed individuals and businesses in California who bought Microsoft products during a five-year period to apply for vouchers worth between $5 and $29 to purchase computer hardware or software products from any manufacturer.

Misconduct Type
Antitrust
Enforcement Agency
Non-Governmental
Contracting Party
None
Court Type
Civil
Disposition
Settlement
Date of Settlement Announcement
1/10/2003
Contractors Involved Penalty
Total
Microsoft Corporation $1,100,000,000
Further Information Released
Microsoft Press Release 1/10/2003

Federal Contractor Misconduct Database