US Court of Federal Claims

The United States Court of Federal Claims hears all claims for money damages over $10,000 against the federal government. These claims for damages may arise from governmental actions in violation of the U.S. Constitution, federal statutes, federal regulations, or a government contract. Unlike federal district courts, the Court of Federal Claims, which is based in Washington, D.C., has jurisdiction over disputes wherever they occur in the country.

The People’s Court

Often called the People’s Court, the U.S. Court of Federal Claims is the only federal court in the country in which a citizen can sue the United States seeking payment of money damages. In 1855, Congress created what was originally known as the United States Court of Claims (today the Court of Federal Claims).

Claims for Money Damages

Examples of claims against the government that may be brought in the U.S. Court of Federal Claims include breach of contract by the federal government, inverse condemnations or taking of property claims under the 5th Amendment, federal employee back pay claims, and certain breach of trust claims by Indian tribes. Judgments rendered by the U.S. Court of Federal Claims can be appealed to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit.

We have over 20 years’ experience handling cases in the following areas:

Takings – inverse condemnation claims in the U.S. Court of Federal Claims
Contract Claims – breach of contract claims in the U.S. Court of Federal Claims
Back Pay – federal employees are entitled to bring suit when the government has paid less than federal statutes or regulations provide

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