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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…

Burst.com v. Microsoft (Patent Infringement, Intellectual Property Theft, Antitrust)

Microsoft paid $60 million to settle patent infringement, intellectual property theft, and antitrust claims filed by Burst.com. Burst.com alleged Microsoft courted the company in a bid to purchase its audio- and video-streaming technology, but two years later Microsoft terminated the relationship and shipped a similar technology as part of its Windows Media 9 series.

Misconduct Type
Intellectual Property
Enforcement Agency
Non-Governmental
Contracting Party
None
Court Type
Civil
Disposition
Settlement
Date of Settlement Announcement
3/11/2005
Contractors Involved Penalty
Total
Microsoft Corporation $60,000,000
Further Information Released
Microsoft Press Release 3/11/2005

Federal Contractor Misconduct Database