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…

Abtan v. Blackwater (Sept. 16, 2007 Baghdad Shooting)

Talib Mutlaq Deewan and the estates of Himoud Saed Abtan, Usama Fadil Abbass and Oday Ismail Ibraheem sued Blackwater for its alleged culpability in the September 16, 2007 firefight in Nisoor Square in Baghdad in which as many as 17 civilians, including Abtan, Abbass and Ibraheem, were killed and as many as 22, including Deewan, were injured. The lawsuit alleged Blackwater violated the federal Alien Tort Statute in committing extrajudicial killing and war crimes, and that the company was liable for assault and battery, wrongful death, intentional and negligent infliction of emotional distress, and negligent hiring, training and supervision. This and six other lawsuits alleging abuses by Blackwater in Iraq were settled in January 2010. The terms of the settlement are confidential.

Misconduct Type
Human Rights
Enforcement Agency
Contracting Party
State Dept.
Court Type
Date of Filing
Contractors Involved Penalty
Blackwater USA Undisclosed
Further Information Released
Dismissal 1/9/2010
Complaint 10/16/2007
Law Firm Press Release 10/16/2007

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Federal Contractor Misconduct Database