Government Intervenes in FCA Whistleblower Suit Against Symantec

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.

About William Van Huis

Bill Van Huis is a Senior Writer/Analyst for Wolters Kluwer Law & Business who tracks and analyzes new regulations impacting federal government contracting. He also follows court decisions involving bid protests and contract disputes. You can find his work in WK publications like Government Contract Reports and the FAR and DFARS Matrix Tools. Bill is a Certified Professional Contracts Manager, and he has a law degree from Southern Illinois University, where he graduated summa cum laude. Prior to joining WK, Bill worked both inside and outside state and local government in the areas of procurement and municipal finance. Bill also worked as a staff attorney for the Illinois Supreme Court.
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