February 10, 2006 Corporate Express
Corporate Express Office Products has paid over $5 Million Dollars to settle a qui tam action filed against it by Safina Office Products and two of its executives, Edward Wilder and Robert His Chou Lee.
The allegations were that Corporate Express sold office supply products to the federal government, and the products originated from countries, such as China and Taiwan, which do not have reciprocal trade agreements with the United States. Under the federal Trade Agreements Act, it is illegal to sell goods to the federal government, if those goods are from a country which has not entered a reciprocal trade agreement with the United States.
The persons who filed the qui tam action were awarded $753,000 for having filed the case.
See U.S. Dept of Justice Press Release 2/10/06