Hewlett-Packard Agrees to Pay $32.5 Million for Alleged Overbilling

The Justice Department announced today that Hewlett-Packard Co. agreed to pay $32.5 million to settle allegations under the False Claims Act that it overcharged the U.S. Postal Service for products between October 2001 and December 2010.

The government alleged that HP overcharged USPS by failing to comply with contract pricing terms, including a requirement that HP provide prices that were no greater than those offered to HP customers with comparable contracts. The United States also alleged that, in negotiating the contract, HP misrepresented its pricing and plans to ensure it would provide most favored customer pricing.

The settlement made no determination of liability.

For more information, see the DOJ release.

About Marilynn Helt

Marilynn Helt is a Senior Writer/Analyst in the Government Contracts group at Wolters Kluwer Law and Business. Marilynn analyses new developments affecting government contracting and supports the group’s legal research tools, with a focus on revising and updating explanations of contracting topics. With over 20 years’ experience providing authoritative content for legal professionals, Marilynn has written articles and edited and helped launch outside-authored treatises, books, and journals. Marilynn has prior law firm experience in international tax and estate planning. She received a BA in humanities and German from Valparaiso University, an MA in German literature from Washington University in St. Louis, and a JD magna cum laude from the University of Illinois College of Law.
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