Violation Tracker Parent Company Summary

Parent Company Name: 
Merck
Ownership Structure: 
publicly traded (ticker symbol MRK)
Headquartered in: 
New Jersey
Industry: 
pharmaceuticals
Penalty total since 2000: 
$2,009,018,434
Number of records: 
25
Top 10 Primary Offense TypesPenalty TotalNumber of Records
off-label or unapproved promotion of medical products$955,900,0002
False Claims Act$677,000,0002
kickbacks and bribery$345,000,0001
environmental violation$29,493,52414
investor protection violation$1,000,0001
Foreign Corrupt Practices Act$500,0001
labor relations violation$118,9103
Family and Medical Leave Act$6,0001
Notes: 

Parent-subsidiary linkages are based on relationships current as of the latest revision listed in the Update Log, which may vary from what was the case when a violation occurred. The penalty dollar total above may be adjusted to account for the fact that the list of entries below may include both agency records and settlement announcements for the same case; or else a penalty covering multiple locations may be listed in the individual records for each of the facilities. Duplicate penalty amounts are marked with an asterisk in the list below.

Associated Names: 

INSPIRE PHARMACEUTICALS; MERCK; MERCK AND; MERCK AND WEST POINT / RIVERSIDE FACILITIES; MERCK SHARP AND DOHME; MERCK SHARP AND DOHME QUIMICA DE PUERTO RICO; MERIAL IA LLP; SCHERING; SCHERING PLOUGH HEALTHCARE

Links: 

For an overview of this company's accountability track record, read its Corporate Rap Sheet here.

For more details on misconduct by this company, see its entry in the Project On Government Oversight's Federal Contractor Misconduct Database.

For a summary of this company's federal contracts, see its page on Fedspending.

Subsidy Tracker data on financial assistance to this company by federal, state and local government agencies can be found here.

For more on the links between this company's federal political spending and its positions on proposed legislation, see its Maplight page.


Individual Penalty Records:

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Company Primary Offense Type Year Agency Penalty Amountsort icon
Merck, Sharp & Dohme off-label or unapproved promotion of medical products 2011 FDA $950,000,000
Merck & Company False Claims Act 2008 DOJ_CIVIL $650,000,000
Schering-Plough Corporation kickbacks and bribery 2004 DOJ_CIVIL $345,000,000
Schering-Plough False Claims Act 2004 DOJ_CIVIL $27,000,000
Merck environmental violation 2007 EPA $19,750,000
MERCK AND COMPANY environmental violation 2008 EPA $6,075,000
Inspire Pharmaceuticals Inc. off-label or unapproved promotion of medical products 2015 SDNY $5,900,000
Merck environmental violation 2011 EPA $1,500,000
MERCK & COMPANY, INC. (WEST POINT/RIVERSIDE) FACILITIES) environmental violation 2011 EPA $1,500,000
Schering-Plough Corporation investor protection violation 2003 SEC $1,000,000
Schering-Plough Corporation Foreign Corrupt Practices Act 2004 SEC $500,000
Schering-Plough Products, LLC environmental violation 2011 EPA $260,000
Merial (IA) LLP environmental violation 2011 EPA $130,000
Merck & Co., Inc. labor relations violation 2008 NLRB $100,000
MERCK SHARP & DOHME CORPORATION environmental violation 2012 EPA $69,274
SCHERING-PLOUGH PRODUCTS LLC environmental violation 2001 EPA $54,100
Schering-Plough Products environmental violation 2002 EPA $49,000
SCHERING-PLOUGH HEALTHCARE environmental violation 2007 EPA $40,950
Merck & Co. Inc. environmental violation 2005 EPA $33,700
Schering Plough Products, LLC environmental violation 2010 EPA $11,500
Merck and Company, Inc. labor relations violation 2009 NLRB $10,710
Merck Sharp & Dohme Quimica de Puerto Rico environmental violation 2007 EPA $10,000
MERCK & CO INC environmental violation 2016 EPA $10,000
Schering-Plough labor relations violation 2007 NLRB $8,200
Schering Corporation Family and Medical Leave Act 2006 WHD $6,000
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