HP To Cough Up $55M In Qui Tam Kickback Case

Law360, New York (August 30, 2010, 7:01 PM EDT) -- Hewlett-Packard Co. has agreed to pay $55 million to settle claims that it was part of a kickback scheme to win government agency contracts, the U.S. Department of Justice said Monday.

The settlement resolves allegations brought in a qui tam suit in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Arkansas that the technology giant violated the False Claims Act by knowingly paying kickbacks, or “influencer fees,” to systems integrator companies in return for recommendations that federal agencies purchase HP’s products, the DOJ said....
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