August 30, 2010 — Hewlett-Packard
Hewlett-Packard has agree to pay the United States $55 Million to settle a qui tam claim filed against it by private relators Norman Rille and Neal Roberts.
The allegations of the case were that Hewlett-Packard paid kickbacks or “influencer fees” to companies which would recommend to federal agencies that they purchase Hewlett-Packard’s products. It was further alleged that HP provided the government with “incomplete information” when it was negotiating a 2002 contract with the federal Government Services Administration.
The United States has previously settled similar kickback claims involving IBM for $2.9 Million, Computer Sciences Corporation for $1.37 Million, and with EMC Corporation, which totaled $87.5 Million.
As a reward for having filed their qui tam claims, Mr. Rille and Mr. Roberts will receive up to 25% of the $55 Million to be paid by Hewlett-Packard.
See U.S. Dept of Justice Press Release 08/30/10