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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…

Diesel Emissions Cheating – Federal and California Settlement

Daimler AG and its subsidiary Mercedes-Benz USA reached a $1.5 billion agreement with federal and California authorities to end claims that they installed software in cars to cheat emissions tests. Pursuant to a consent decree, Daimler agreed to recall and repair the emissions systems in Mercedes-Benz diesel vehicles sold in the U.S. between 2009 and 2016 and pay $875 million in civil penalties and roughly $70.3 million in other penalties. The company also agreed to extend the warranty period for certain parts in the repaired vehicles, perform projects to mitigate excess ozone-creating nitrogen oxides emitted from the vehicles, and implement new internal audit procedures designed to prevent future emissions cheating. The recall program and federal mitigation project are expected to cost about $436 million. The company also agreed to ay another $110 million to fund mitigation projects in California.

Misconduct Type
Environment
Enforcement Agency
Multiple Agencies
Contracting Party
None
Court Type
N/A
Disposition
Settlement
Date of Settlement Announcement
8/13/2020
Contractors Involved Penalty
Total
Daimler AG $1,491,300,000
Further Information Released
Complaint 9/14/2020
Consent Decree 9/14/2020
DOJ Press Release 9/14/2020
Daimler Press Release 8/13/2020

Federal Contractor Misconduct Database