Oracle America Inc. will pay $46 million to settle claims that Sun Microsystems Inc., which merged with Oracle last year, paid kickbacks to consulting companies in exchange for recommendations that federal agencies buy its products, the Justice Department announced today.

The settlement resolves allegations under the False Claims Act and Anti-Kickback Act that in the late 1990s, Sun knowingly gave false or incomplete information to government contracting officers, who then paid too much for Sun’s products as a result.

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