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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…

MTBE Products Liability

Thirty-one oil and petroleum refiners and distributors were sued in California state court over the contamination of water wells near Lake Tahoe by the gas additive methyl tertiary butyl ether (MTBE). Twenty-five defendants settled with the South Tahoe Public Utility District before trial began in September 2001 for a total of $31 million in cleanup costs. In the ensuing trial, the jury found the remaining companies – Shell Oil Co., Shell Products Co., Equilon Enterprises LLC, Texaco Inc. and Tosco Corp. – liable for selling a defective product, namely gasoline containing MTBE. Those companies eventually settled for over $28 million.

Misconduct Type
Environment
Enforcement Agency
State/Local
Contracting Party
None
Court Type
Civil
Disposition
Settlement
Date of Settlement
8/5/2002
Contractors Involved Penalty
Total
Royal Dutch Shell PLC Unknown
Further Information Released
Law Firm Newsletter (p. 2 of 6) 9/13/2007

Federal Contractor Misconduct Database