Photoshop maker Adobe to pay $3 mn to settle kickback allegations

Photoshop maker Adobe has agreed to pay $3 million to settle U.S. kickback allegations involving federal software sales, the U.S. Justice Department said in a news statement.
Adobe MaxThe settlement resolves allegations that Adobe made improper payments under its Solution Partner program to companies that had a contractual or other relationship with the government that allowed them to influence federal purchases of Adobe software.

Adobe paid the companies a percentage of the purchase price of the software between January 2011 and December 2020, according to the Justice Department.

Adobe has reported revenue of $4.66 billion (+9 percent) in its first quarter fiscal year 2023 ended March 3, 2023. Adobe does not reveal the size of its business from government customers across the United States.

The United States contends that these payments constituted prohibited kickbacks that resulted in Adobe causing false claims for payment to be submitted to federal agencies.

Adobe said on Thursday that it had cooperated with the government since it began its probe in 2018 and was pleased “to have this matter behind us.”

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