Halliburton 'Over Billing' Controversy

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Corporate scams / Controversies
Case Length : 15 Pages
Period : 1997-2004
Pub. Date : 2004
Teaching Note : Not Available
Organization : Halliburton Company
Industry : Oil and Energy
Countries : US, Iraq


The case examines the unethical business practices of Halliburton Company (Halliburton), a leading engineering and oil exploration services provider. It gives a detailed account of the allegations that the company has been facing over the years. Halliburton was reportedly involved in doing business with countries with which trades were prohibited by the US government. The company was also alleged to have been involved in violating accounting practices by including 'disputed claims' as revenues in its income statement. More recently, Halliburton's subsidiary - KBR was reportedly involved in 'overbilling' of oil and food supplies to the US army during the Iraq war in March 2003. The case also highlights the company's political connections that had benefited Halliburton over the years.


Study how adverse business conditions often cause companies to resort to unethical practices


  Page No.
The Allegations 1
Background Note 2
The Accounting Scandal 4
The Contract 5
The Controversy 6
Politicizing the Matter 8
Exhibits 10


Halliburton Company, Accounting Scandals, Over Billing Allegations, Unethical business practices, Cost Plus Pricing, No-bid Contracts, Political Profiteering, Government's Role in Business

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