Violation Tracker Individual Record

Company: 
Baker & Taylor, Inc.
Current Parent Company: 
Follett
Penalty: 
$15,500,000
Year: 
2000
Date: 
August 2, 2000
Offense Group: 
government-contracting-related offenses
Primary Offense: 
False Claims Act and related
Violation Description: 

W.R. Grace & Co. and a former subsidiary, Baker & Taylor, Inc., a national book distributor, agreed to pay $15.5 million to settle allegations that they overcharged schools, libraries and government agencies on book sales for more than a decade, starting in the early 1980s. The suit against the two companies alleges that the United States was defrauded in direct book purchases as well as those through local schools and libraries using federal grant funds.

Level of Government: 
federal
Action Type: 
agency action
Agency: 
Justice Department Civil Division
Civil or Criminal Case: 
civil
HQ Country of Parent: 
USA
HQ State of Parent: 
Illinois
Ownership Structure of Parent: 
privately held
Major Industry of Parent: 
miscellaneous services
Specific Industry of Parent: 
educational services & materials
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Parent company note: 
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