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…

Barnett v. Merck (Vioxx Litigation)

Gerald Barnett claimed he suffered a heart attack as a result of his use of the prescription pain medication Vioxx, which is manufactured by Merck. (Merck pulled Vioxx from the market in September 2004 after its own research showed the drug increased the risk of heart attack and stroke.) A Louisiana federal jury found in favor of Barnett and awarded him $50 million in actual damages and $1 million in punitive damages.

Misconduct Type
Enforcement Agency
Contracting Party
Court Type
Judgment Against Defendant
Date of Verdict
Contractors Involved Penalty
Merck & Co., Inc. $51,000,000
Further Information Released
Merck Press Release 9/5/2007

Federal Contractor Misconduct Database