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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…

Carpenter v. MIT (Suicide-Related Wrongful Death)

On April 30, 2001, MIT student Julia M. Carpenter died in her dormitory room from what the Suffolk County medical examiner determined was a suicide, caused by acute cyanide poisoning. In June 2003, her parents filed a $20 million wrongful death lawsuit, charging that MIT and various employees were negligent in failing to prevent their daughter’s suicide. In September 2006, MIT and the Carpenters reached a settlement, the details of which were not released to the public.

Misconduct Type
Health
Enforcement Agency
Non-Governmental
Contracting Party
None
Court Type
Civil
Disposition
Settlement
Date of Settlement Announcement
9/1/2006
Contractors Involved Penalty
Total
Massachusetts Inst. of Technology Undisclosed
Further Information Released
MIT Press Release 4/21/2007

Federal Contractor Misconduct Database