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US Joins Qui Tam Suit Claiming Symantec Cheated Gov't

Law360, New York (July 22, 2014, 5:37 PM EDT) -- The United States intervened Tuesday in a whistleblower lawsuit accusing Symantec Corp. of lying about prices and concealing discounts to drive up the cost of software sold to the government under a $222 million contract.

The lawsuit accuses the company, known for products such as Norton Antivirus software, of misleading the government about the prices and discounts it was offering to its commercial customers over the course of the nearly six-year contract with the U.S. General Services Administration, which ended in September 2012. Those misrepresentations enabled Symantec to negotiate higher prices with the government agencies that bought the company’s software, the...

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