A similar thing happened in 2008. AMC-14 failed to achieve geostationary orbit, and was left in a highly elliptical and inclined orbit. After insurance issues were addressed (with an interesting subtext involving orbital maneuver patentsorbital maneuver patents note: needs answer!) the US government purchased the satellite, and have used its thrusters to achieve an inclined Geosynchronous, but not Geostationary (GEO) orbit.
Space News: Insurers Sell AMC-14 Satellite to Pentagon
Gunter's Space Page: AMC-14
Defense Aerospace: SES Americom Declares AMC-14 Satellite a Total Loss