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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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Lawsuit Runs Out of Steam

WestRock Virginia Corporation owns and operates a paper mill in Covington, Virginia.  In 2011, WestRock built an open-loop biomass facility, and the construction included retrofitting one of its pre-existing boilers to provide steam to a steam turbine generator to...

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The Government’s About Face

In 2014, Claimants, who owned 659 parcels of land, and the Government entered into an agreement to settle the pending rails-to-trails taking claims for a payment of $110 million in just compensation to 253 class members.  The takings case had been filed in the U.S....

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Silver Buckle Mines Shine

Silver Buckle Mines, Inc. owns 72 active, unpatented lode mining claims in Idaho, which were located prior to August 10, 1993.  In 2001, Congress amended the statute requiring payment of annual maintenance fees on mining claims, eliminating these fees for pre-1993...

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A Drug Deal Gone Bad

Plaintiffs, Craig Patty and Thomas Expeditors, LLC, operate a successful trucking company, and in 2011, they hired Lawrence Chapa as a driver for a new truck the company had purchased (a red 2006 Kenworth T600).  However, Chapa was secretly  working undercover for the...

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Houston Taking Cases Flood the U.S. Court of Federal Claims

Houston Taking Cases Flood the U.S. Court of Federal Claims

On August 25, 2017, Hurricane Harvey hit Texas shores, affecting an estimated 13 million people in Texas alone, as well as people living in Louisiana, Mississippi, Tennessee, and Kentucky. Two feet of rain was reported as falling in the first 24 hours alone. And by September 1, 2017, one-third of Houston was underwater—51.88 inches of which was rainfall from Harvey.

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Jumping the Gun

In 2014, California passed legislation limiting the amount of “carcinogenic hexavalent chromium” in public drinking water to ten parts per billion, effective January 1, 2020. Following passage of the legislation, the Sacramento Suburban Water District, which provides...

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