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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…

Baggett v. HP (LaserJet Printer Lawsuit)

Lawsuits challenged Hewlett–Packard’s practice of including a “hardstop” on its color laser jet printers that shuts down all printing operations when a toner cartridge reaches “empty,” even though some toner remains in the cartridge. Plaintiffs alleged that the toner cartridges would shut down even though some toner was left, and that in certain printer models the shutdown could not be overridden. The lawsuits were settled in 2011 for $5 million.

Misconduct Type
Consumer Affairs
Enforcement Agency
Non-Governmental
Contracting Party
None
Court Type
Civil
Disposition
Settlement
Date of Complaint
6/6/2007
Contractors Involved Penalty
Total
Hewlett-Packard Company $5,000,000
Further Information Released
2008 Form 10-K (p. 148 of 174) 12/18/2008

Federal Contractor Misconduct Database