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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…

Elias v. Hewlett-Packard (False Advertising)

David Elias filed a class action lawsuit claiming that Hewlett-Packard recommended graphics cards to customers purchasing computers that the company knew were not powerful enough to handle the upgrades. Elias purchased an HP Pavilion Slimline s5305z computer through HP’s website in 2010 and opted to upgrade the computer to include a “recommended” graphics card. He alleges the computer’s power supply unit was inadequate to handle the graphics card, causing the computer to behave erratically within the first year and short out after 17 months. He claims HP concealed from customers the fact that the recommended graphics card required a higher-wattage power supply unit.

Misconduct Type
Consumer Affairs
Enforcement Agency
Non-Governmental
Contracting Party
None
Court Type
Civil
Disposition
Pending
Date of Original Complaint
12/9/2011
Contractors Involved Penalty
Total
Hewlett-Packard Company $0
Further Information Released
Third Amended Complaint 7/22/2013

Federal Contractor Misconduct Database