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Samsung to Pay $2.3 Million to Resolve False Claims Act Case

Jaclyn Jaeger | August 20, 2014

Samsung Electronics, an electronics distributor, agreed this week to pay $2.3 million to the Department of Justice to resolve a False Claims Act whistleblower case.

Robert Simmons, a former Samsung employee, filed the lawsuit, United States ex rel. Simmons v. Samsung Electronics America, under the False Claims Act’s whistleblower provisions, which permit private parties to sue for false claims on behalf of the United States and to share in any recovery.  Simmons’ share of the settlement has not yet been determined.

According to the allegations, Samsung caused the submission of false claims for products sold on General Service Administration (GSA) Multiple Award Schedule (MAS) contracts in violation of the Trade Agreements Act (TAA).  MAS contracts are contracts awarded by GSA to multiple companies supplying comparable products and services. Once GSA negotiates and awards the contract, any...

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