May 19, 2005 OfficeMax
OfficeMax Inc. will pay $9.8 Million Dollars to settle a qui tam action filed against it by Safina Office Products and two of its executives. The allegations were that OfficeMax sold office supplies to the federal government, and the supplies originated from countries, such as China, which do not have reciprocal trade agreements with the United States. Under the federal Trade Agreements Act, it is illegal to sell goods to the federal government, if those good are from a country which has not entered a reciprocal trade agreement with the United States.
The persons who filed the qui tam action, were awarded nearly $1.5 Million Dollars for having filed the case.
See U.S. Dept of Justice Press Release 5/19/05