The Department of Justice has intervened in a lawsuit against Symantec Corporation alleging Symantec submitted false claims to the United States on a General Services Administration software contract.
The case involves a 2007 GSA Multiple Award Schedule contract that allowed Symantec to sell software and related items directly to federal purchasers. The suit alleges that Symantec knowingly provided the government with inaccurate and incomplete information about the prices it was offering to its commercial customers during the negotiation and performance of the contract. According to the suit, Symantec misrepresented its true commercial sales practices, ultimately leading to government customers receiving discounts far inferior to those Symantec gave to its commercial non-government customers. The contract was in place from 2007 to 2012 and involved hundreds of millions of dollars in sales.
The suit was filed under the qui tam provisions of the False Claims Act, which permit private parties to sue on behalf of the government for the submission of false claims for government funds and to receive a share of any recovery.
For more information, see the Justice Department release.