Ram Energy, Inc. v. United States

Decision dismissing contract claims for breach of offshore oil and gas leases


The owner of government-issued offshore oil and gas leases who filed breach of contract claims against the federal government has learned the hard way that the time bar in the U.S. Court of Federal Claims is jurisdictional. And as a jurisdictional requirement, it cannot be waived and is strictly construed.

In this case, the plaintiff has presented a credible argument that the claims were timely filed. But the trial judge disgreed, and dimissed the lawsuit as untimely, holding that the claims accrued when Congress passed the Coastal Zone Management Act.

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Reference Info:Decision | Federal, Federal Circuit | United States

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