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…

Human Rights Violations in Nigeria

The families of Ken Saro-Wiwa and other Ogoni human rights activists tortured or murdered in Nigeria filed several lawsuits in New York federal court against Royal Dutch Petroleum Company, various subsidiaries and several company executives. The plaintiffs want the defendants held accountable for their alleged complicity in human rights abuses committed by Nigeria’s military government. The cases were brought under various U.S. laws, including the Alien Tort Claims Act (ATCA), the Torture Victim Protection Act (TVPA), and the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act (RICO). In June 2009, on the eve of trial, the parties agreed to settle the case for $15.5 million to compensate the 10 plaintiffs, establish a trust intended to benefit the Ogoni people, and cover a portion of plaintiffs’ legal fees and costs.

Misconduct Type
Human Rights
Enforcement Agency
Contracting Party
Court Type
Date of Settlement
Contractors Involved Penalty
Royal Dutch Shell PLC $15,500,000
Further Information Released
CCR Press Release 6/11/2009
Shell Press Release 6/11/2009
Wiwa Amended Complaint 6/12/2007

See also:

Federal Contractor Misconduct Database