Grainger to pay $70 million in contract dispute with U.S. government

A Dec. 26 Department of Justice release said W.W. Grainger Inc., Lake Forest, Ill., has agreed to pay the United States government $70 million to resolve allegations that it submitted false claims under contracts with the General Services Administration (GSA) and the U.S. Postal Services (USPS). A report in the Chicago Business Journal said that in the settlement Grainger did not admit any wrongdoing and that “the discrepancy centered on disclosure language in the GSA and Postal Service contracts, which were implemented more than 10 years ago.”

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