September 17, 2020
LexisNexis Coplogic Solutions Inc.
agreed to pay $10 million
to Florida, which intervened in an action brought by whistleblower Christopher Hood
under the Florida False Claims Act alleging that the company was underpaying the state. LexisNexis contracted with the state to provide motor vehicle crash reports to the public for a small fee; a portion of the fee collected by LexisNexis, $10 per report, was to be paid by the company to the state Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles. However, the whistleblower and state alleged that LexisNexis systematically understated the number of reports it sold, thereby underpaying the state. The relator, a former employee of LexisNexis, will receive a whistleblower award of $1.8 million
. Earlier settlements