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…

Humeston v. Merck & Co., Inc. (Vioxx Litigation)

Frederick Humeston, a postal worker from Boise, Idaho, alleged he suffered a heart attack in 2001, at age 56, as a result of his use of the prescription pain medication Vioxx, which is manufactured by Merck. His heart attack occurred several months before Merck issued a stronger warning about the drugs’s cardiovascular risks. (Merck pulled Vioxx from the market in September 2004 after its own research showed the drug increased the risk of heart attack and stroke.) At an earlier trial, the jury ruled in favor of Merck, but Humeston later won a new trial, which resulted in a jury awarding him and his wife $20 million in compensatory damages and $27.5 million in punitive damages.

Misconduct Type
Enforcement Agency
Contracting Party
Court Type
Judgment Against Defendant
Date of Verdict
Contractors Involved Penalty
Merck & Co., Inc. $47,500,000
Further Information Released
Merck Press Release 9/1/2007

Federal Contractor Misconduct Database