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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…

Grefer v. Exxon Mobil (Contaminated Property)

In 2001, a Louisiana state court jury awarded compensatory damages of $56 million and punitive damages of $1 billion to a landowner for damage caused by a third party that leased the property from the landowner. The third party provided pipe cleaning and storage services for Exxon Mobil. The Louisiana Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals reduced the punitive damage award to $112 million in 2005. In February 2007, the U.S. Supreme Court vacated the Louisiana appeals court’s $112 million punitive damages award and directed it to re-examine the award in light of the Court’s recent decision that put new limits on punitive damages. On remand, the appeals court reaffirmed the award. In April 2008, the Supreme Court denied Exxon’s appeal. See related Exxon Mobil instance, “Louisiana Property Contamination.”

Misconduct Type
Environment
Enforcement Agency
Non-Governmental
Contracting Party
None
Court Type
Civil
Disposition
Judgment Against Defendant
Date of Press Release
4/1/2005
Contractors Involved Penalty
Total
Exxon Mobil $168,000,000
Further Information Released
US Supreme Court Certiorari Summaries (p. 1) 3/24/2007
Exxon Mobil Press Release 6/21/2006
SEC 10-K (p. 48 of 130) 6/21/2006

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Federal Contractor Misconduct Database