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Stepping Out

Dr. Marta Stekelman retired from the Department of Defense in 2010, having worked for the agency as a medical doctor for 32 years. After retiring, Dr. Stekelman applied for retirement annuity benefits under 5 U.S.C. §§ 8401-79. The Office of Personnel Management (OPM)...

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Is It Wine or Poison?

Gadsden Industrial Park, LLC, brought a taking claim, in the U.S. Court of Federal Claims, alleging that EPA took 92,500 cubic yards of kish, slag, and assorted scrap, which are byproducts of the steel-making process.  Gadsden alleged that the property was worth up to...

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A Class Act

In 2012, a group of landowners, later certified as a class, filed a taking case in the U.S. Court of Federal Claims, seeking just compensation for the Government’s “railbanking” of their land “for possible future reactivation as a railroad under the National Trails...

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Overworked and Underpaid

In 2012, Stephanie Mercier and Audricia Brooks sued in the U.S. Court of Federal Claims on behalf of all advanced practice registered nurses and physician assistants who worked for the Department of Veterans Affairs. Their complaint alleged that the VA’s national...

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A Lawsuit Within a Lawsuit

Under the Uniform Relocation Act, a prevailing plaintiff in a taking case in the U.S. Court of Federal Claims may recover reasonable attorneys’ fees and cost.  But all too often, trying to recover those rightfully incurred attorneys’ fees and costs results in more...

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Form Over Substance

Sara Makowiec began her Master’s degree at Rennselear Polytechnic Institute on January 23, 2012. The next day, she signed an agreement with Benet Laboratories, part of the U.S. Army Armament Research, Development and Engineering Center.  The agreement was entered into...

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Temporary or Not, It’s a Taking

Five landowners owning 14 parcels of land brought a takings case in the U.S. Court of Federal Claims alleging that the United States had caused a temporary taking of their property when the Surface Transportation Board, acting under the National Trails System Act,...

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No Strike Zone

Hanover Insurance Company and Lodge Construction, Inc. brought contract claims under the Contract Disputes Act in the U.S. Court of Federal Claims.  In response, the Government originally filed answers raising no affirmative defenses or counterclaims. Later the...

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