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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…

Breach of Contract

In 1995, DIRECTV, then a subsidiary of General Motors, entered into a contract with General Electric Capital Corporation (GECC) “in which GECC agreed to establish and manage a private label consumer credit program for consumer purchases of hardware and related DIRECTV programming… A complaint and counterclaim were filed by the parties in the U.S. District Court for the District of Connecticut concerning GECC’s performance and DIRECTV’s obligation to act as a surety… On July 21, 2000, the jury returned a verdict in favor of GECC and awarded contract damages in the amount of $133.0 million. The trial judge issued a order granting GECC $48.5 million in interest under Connecticut’s offer-of- judgment statute. With this order, the total judgment entered in GECC’s favor was $181.5 million.”

Misconduct Type
Non-governmental Contract Fraud
Enforcement Agency
Non-Governmental
Contracting Party
Non-Governmental
Court Type
Civil
Disposition
Judgment Against Defendant
Date of Judgment
7/21/2000
Contractors Involved Penalty
Total
General Motors Corp. $181,500,000
Further Information Released
SEC 10-K (p. 5 of 65) 8/25/2006

Federal Contractor Misconduct Database