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Smoke and Mirrors

On June 21, 2017, Plaintiff, Acme Worldwide Enterprises, Inc., filed a patent infringement case against the U.S. Army and the U.S. Air Force in the U.S. Court of Federal Claims.  Industrial Smoke & Mirrors, Inc., the manufacturer of a machine gun recoil simulator at...

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Case Update: Houston Flooding Cases

In a recent article, we reported on the massive filing of hundreds of just compensation cases in the Court of Federal Claims arising from flooding associated with Hurricane Harvey hitting Houston in August 2017. Chief Judge Susan Braden has consolidated all of the...

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The Mojave Desert Tortoise Moves In

In the 1980s, James Doyle, a successful real estate developer, purchased over 2,440 acres of land in St. George, Utah and invested large amounts of money to plan development that included luxury homes and nine golf courses. In the early 1990s, the U.S. Fish and...

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Location, location, location

Attorney Robert J. Gaudet was engaged to help conclude litigation pending in the U.S. Court of Federal Claims. In the fee agreement with Gaudet, Plaintiffs, Manuel Almanza, etc., agreed to pay him fees equal to the amount awarded by the Court for his services. After...

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Judicial Hair Cut

In September 2015, owners of two properties--Michael and Tina Bratcher and Michael Slaughter--filed a rails-to-trails taking case in the U.S. Court of Federal Claims, later amending the complaint to add 20 additional landowners.  In August 2016, Bratcher reported to...

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A Taxing Matter

Gary and Connie Meissner filed a pro se complaint in the U.S. Court of Federal Claims seeking a refund of $67,931 of alleged overpayments on their 2014 and 2015 tax returns and interest.  The Government moved to dismiss for lack of subject matter jurisdiction. On...

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Final Answer

MW Builders, Inc. subcontracted with Bergelectric to provide a complete electrical system under the contract’s plans and specifications. The subcontract also required Bergelectric to provide temporary power to the project site, prior to the installation of permanent...

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Timing is Everything

On January 29, 2018, Plaintiffs, Ampersand Chowchilla Biomass, LLC and Merced Power, LLC moved to compel the United States to produce three categories of documents: (1) the billing records of the Government’s expert witness; (2) communications between the facilities’...

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No Second Chances

Between 2008 and 2016, the United States entered into construction contracts with various contractors through the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to build projects in Afghanistan. Arwand Road and Construction Company was awarded a subcontract under one contract, and...

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