Violation Tracker Individual Record

Company: 
Standard & Poor's
Current Parent Company: 
S&P Global
Penalty: 
$300,000
Year: 
2011
Date: 
October 14, 2011
Offense Group: 
government-contracting-related offenses
Primary Offense: 
False Claims Act and related
Violation Description: 

Moody's Investors Service, Inc., Standard & Poor's, and Fitch, Inc. agreed to settlements that totalled approximately $900,000 in credits after the state alleged that they misrepresented the meaning of their public bond ratings and gave lower ratings to public bonds, resulting in increased costs of borrowing for the state, cities, towns and school districts. The announcement did not specify how much each company would provide in credits. Here we assume the total was divided equally among the three.

Level of Government: 
state
Action Type: 
agency action
Agency: 
Connecticut Attorney General
Civil or Criminal Case: 
civil
Facility State: 
Connecticut
HQ Country of Parent: 
USA
HQ State of Parent: 
New York
Ownership Structure of Parent: 
publicly traded
Major Industry of Parent: 
information technology
Specific Industry of Parent: 
information services
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Parent company note: 
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