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FTC Robocall Contest Rules Under Fire Again

Last August, we reported that the U.S. Court of Federal Claims had dismissed a lawsuit related to the Federal Trade Commission (the “FTC” or “Commission”) sponsorship of a contest promoting robocall-blocking technology,...more

Claim Narrowed by Specification is Saved from Indefiniteness but too Narrow to be Infringed

In Liberty Ammunition, Inc., v. U.S., [2015-5057, 2015-5061] (August 30, 2016), the Federal Circuit reversed the Court of Claims decision that that ammunition rounds used by the United States Army embody the claims of Liberty...more

Citing Kingdomware, Federal Circuit Confirms Award of GSA Schedule Task Order Falls Within Tucker Act Bid Protest Jurisdiction

Contractors seeking to challenge the award of task orders, which the procuring agency referred to as “options” or “extensions,” received a big win from the Federal Circuit in Coast Professional, Inc. et al. v. United States,...more

Top 4 Changes Proposed by the GAO to its Government Contracts Bid Protest Regulations (includes a new filing fee)

The Government Accountability Office (GAO) has concurrent jurisdiction with the Court of Federal Claims to hear bid protests from government contractors seeking review of a federal agency’s procurement solicitations and...more

Deciding Whether to File a GAO Bid Protest

The Government Accountability Office (“GAO”) issues statistics each year regarding the outcome of bid protests. In 2015, there were 2,639 cases filed and there we 587 decisions on the merits. Of those, only 68 protests were...more

Success in Discovery Requires More Than the Best-Laid Plans of Mice and Men

According to popular legend, in 1786, Scottish poet Robert Burns wrote that the “best-laid plans of mice and men often go awry” as part of his apology to a mouse whose nest he destroyed while ploughing a field. These words...more

Yosemite: The Park, the Name, and the Lawsuit

As the saying goes, possession is nine-tenths of the law. That other tenth can be pretty complicated, depending on what you’re “possessing.” When you’re arguing with an older brother over who “possesses” the remote control,...more

Government Contractors Beware: Trying to Fit A Square Peg into A Round Hole

What may be standard in the corporate world can severely disrupt set-aside status in the highly-regulated government contract space. Take the recently-decided case of Precise Systems. ...more

FTC Wins Lawsuit Over Its Robocall Contest

In 2012, the FTC sponsored a contest in which it invited contestants to submit their best solutions to block robocalls. After reviewing almost 800 entries, the FTC announced two winners. As we posted previously, though, one...more

Provisions in Contest Rules are Held Enforceable

In 2012, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) sponsored the “Robocall Challenge,” a contest whereby the agency invited contestants to develop a solution to the consumer problem of automated “robocalls.” One contestant, David...more

Supreme Court to Hear VA Procurement Controversy This Fall

In a matter of keen interest to the small business community, last month the Supreme Court, granted certiorari in Kingdomware Technologies, Inc. v. United States. The Court’s decision will hopefully bring some closure to the...more

Claims Webinar Series: Requests for Equitable Adjustments and Claims

OVERVIEW - - Overview of requests for equitable adjustment (“REAs”) and Claims - Considerations and tips for REAs and Claims - Subcontractor Claims - Brief overview of the Claims appeal process...more

Supreme Court Will Hear Government Contracts Case on Veteran Business Preferences

Well, it doesn’t happen very often, but the Supreme Court has agreed to hear a government contracts case! The Supreme Court granted certiorari on June 22, 2015, and will hear an appeal from the Court of Appeals for the...more

Access to Pre-Solicitation Information without Mitigation Plan: A Recipe for Rescission

The Court of Federal Claims (“CFC”) recently made clear that mere access to pre-solicitation information creates a potential Organizational Conflict of Interest (“OCI”) that can invalidate an award. In Monterey Consultants,...more

Don’t Sit on Your Hands: Intervene at OHA If the NAICS Code Matters to You

A recent decision from the Federal Circuit clarified whether the Court of Federal Claims (“COFC”) has jurisdiction to review the selection of North American Industry Classification System (“NAICS”) codes and reminded small...more

Difficulty in Obtaining the Approval of an Individual Surety

In a recent decision issued by the United States Court of Federal Claims, Anthem Builders, Inc. v. United States, April 6, 2015, WL 1546437, the Court considered a protest involving the proposed use of an individual surety...more

When A Protest Isn't A Protest

In her familiar soliloquy in Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet, while longingly looking out of her window, Juliet said of her new-found love, Romeo: “What’s in a name? That which we call a rose/By any other name would smell as...more

Those NDAs May Not Be Worth the Paper They Are Written On

It is a given that companies strive to protect their intellectual property. Over the years, as an instrument of that protection, companies have made increasing use of non-disclosure agreements to advance that objective. A...more

Federal Appeals Court Finds that New RAC Contracts Violate Federal Regulations

On March 10, 2015, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit found that the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) applies to CMS’s revised payment terms for new Recovery Audit Contractor (RAC) contract solicitations,...more

Reed Smith's Government Contracts Weekly Rundown

1. COMMERCIAL CONTRACTING RULES APPLY TO FEDERAL SUPPLY SCHEDULES - On Tuesday, March 10, 2015, the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit reversed and remanded a decision by the Court of Federal Claims, which...more

FAR Part 12 Applies to CMS Orders on Federal Supply Schedule Contract

On Tuesday, March 10, 2015, the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit reversed and remanded a decision by the Court of Federal Claims, which permitted the Centers for Medicare and Medicare Services (CMS) to include...more

Lining Up to Protest - Bid protest dismissed as company fails to allege it was “next in line” for award

The United States Court of Federal Claims, in a decision issued February 10, 2015, dismissed the bid protest complaint filed in Universal Marine Company, K.S.C. v. United States, No. 14-1115C because the protester was not...more

Court Sustains Treasury’s 2/3 Reduction of Cash Grant for Cogen Open-Loop Biomass Plant

The United States Court of Federal Claims on January 12 rendered an opinion in W.E. Partners II, LLC v. U.S. sustaining the Treasury Department’s reduction by approximately two-thirds of a Cash Grant for a cogeneration...more

Todd Construction v. United States: Navigating Performance Evaluation Claims in the Court of Federal Claims

A default termination can be a nightmare for a contractor that bids on federal projects, but a negative performance evaluation can prove just as troublesome for a contractor that finishes the job. The Federal Acquisition...more

Court of Federal Claims Determines That Government Contractor May Recover for Losses Attributable to Omissions and Inaccuracies in...

Philadelphia Auth. for Indus. Dev. v. United States, 114 Fed. Cl. 519 (2014) - In this action, the United States Court of Federal Claims denied the Government’s motions to dismiss and for summary judgment, holding that...more

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