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Court of Federal Claims Rejects SBA Decision that Future Conditional Restriction on Stock Ownership Destroys “Unconditional...

Veteran-owned small businesses have long grappled with seemingly benign drafting inconsistencies between Small Business Administration (SBA) and Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) regulations that can leave a business...more

Why Failing To Intervene In A Bid Protest Could Have Dire Consequences

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Imagine that your company has just been awarded a contract after spending significant time and resources identifying a federal business opportunity and developing a winning proposal. Now imagine that just as you are preparing...more

Weekly Update Newsletter - December 2017

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GOVERNMENT CONTRACTS - PROTESTS - If the Federal Watchdog Office Works for Contract Protestors, Why the Decline? According to an article posted in the Federal Contracts Report, several reasons could explain the...more

New Court of Federal Claims Decision Is an Opportunity for Prospective Bidders

• A potential offeror may have jurisdiction to protest a government insourcing decision at the Court of Federal Claims. • This issue will likely need to be resolved by the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. ...more

Podcast Episode 11 - Damaging Clauses with Professor Maureen "Molly" Brady

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Locke Lord LLP’s Eminent Domain team hosts an original podcast series. In Episode 11, Professor Molly Brady from the University of Virginia joins us to discuss damaging clauses and her recent law review article. She has...more

Three October Bid Protest Decisions That May Affect Your Business

• First, an awardee is responsible for keeping tabs on what happens in a protest of its award, or it may not be able to submit its own challenge if the protest is sustained. • Second, mere compliance with cybersecurity...more

How to Assess the Likelihood of Success in Deciding Whether to Bring a Bid Protest

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Confronting an exclusionary solicitation or failing to win an award can be highly frustrating. Putting aside emotion and applying practical and objective criteria to the situation will help companies assess whether there is...more

SBA Size Update: Strategies For Contesting Affiliation Based On Economic Dependence

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

Today, we take a look at the culmination of a long fight over the size status of a joint venture competing for a Federal contract. After losing battles at the Small Business Administration (SBA) Area Office and Office of...more

July 2017 Protest Roundup

In July 2017, the Government Accountability Office (GAO) and the U.S. Court of Federal Claims issued decisions covering a number of issues. We address the decisions below on the following issues of interest: (1) agency...more

Court of Federal Claims Holds that VA Rule of Two Trumps AbilityOne Program

by PilieroMazza PLLC on

A recent decision from the U.S. Court of Federal Claims (“Court”) confirms the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs’ (“VA”) mandate to perform a Rule of Two analysis on all procurements, including before utilizing the...more

GAO Offers Insight Into Winning (And Losing) Bid Protest Arguments

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Government contractors know the odds on GAO bid protests – are they are not all that good. Even with a noticeable uptick, the statistics reveal that less than 1/4 (about 23%) of all bid protests were sustained in FY 16. ...more

Federal Circuit Rules that Starr International Lacks Standing to Pursue Class Claims Stemming from the U.S. Government’s...

On May 9, 2017, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit (“Federal Circuit”) affirmed in part and reversed in part an earlier decision from the U.S. Court of Federal Claims, which had held that aspects of the...more

Anatomy of a Protest at the U.S. Court of Federal Claims

The next in our Infographics series shows the anatomy of a Protest at the U.S. Court of Federal Claims. Although protests at the Court are not subject to the same timeline as at the GAO, this infographic provides a...more

Proposal Prep Tips: Real vs. Imagined Past Performance Experience

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A response to an RFP is the government contractor’s chance to put its best foot forward and stand out from the crowd. Particularly when it comes to best value procurements, this is your chance to tell the contracting officer...more

Oh Diehr Me, Another Case With Patent Eligible Subject Matter

In Thales Visionix, Inc., v. U.S., [2015-5150] (March 8, 2017), the Federal Circuit reversed the U.S. Court of Federal Claims (“Claims Court”) determination that the claims of U.S. Patent No. 6,474,159 were directed to patent...more

Improved Computer Functionality Argument Fails 101 Eligibility Test in Evolutionary Intelligence

Not all abstract ideas fall under the scrutiny of 35 USC 101. Over the past year, the CAFC has chipped away at the granite façade that is 35 USC 101 issuing several opinions finding abstract ideas to be patent eligible under...more

USPTO Claim Construction Standards for Inter Partes Review Proceedings

Confirming long-standing U.S. Patent & Trademark Office (USPTO) practice, the Supreme Court in the Cuozzo Speed Techs. v. Lee decision (Cuozzo), affirmed the USPTO’s broadest reasonable interpretation standard as the...more

[Webinar] Past Performance Primer - March 2nd, 12:00pm Central Time

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In selecting winning vendors, federal, state and local governments have typically looked at past contract performance information as part of their overall evaluation processes. Vendors that have a history of performing well...more

CAFC Upholds Preliminary Injunction Despite Unpatentability Ruling of PTAB

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

This week in Tinnus Enterprises LLC v. Telebrands Corp. (Moore, Wallach and Stoll), the Federal Circuit upheld the grant of a preliminary injunction by the Eastern District of Texas, despite a PTAB Final Written Decision...more

Commodity Trading System and Method are Patent Eligible Subject Matter Under 101

In Trading Technologies International, Inc. v. CQG, Inc., CQG LLC, FKA CQGT, LLC., [2016-1616] (January 18, 2017), the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit (CAFC) affirmed a lower court’s holding that the claims of U.S....more

Warning Shot Fired (Finally) at Improper DCAA Cost Disallowance Basis

For a number of years, contractors have been required to expend substantial sums challenging baseless legal theories initiated by the Defense Contract Audit Agency (DCAA) and rubber-stamped by the Defense Contract Management...more

The Oft-Underappreciated Value of Intervening

by PilieroMazza PLLC on

Many contractors are familiar with post-award bid protests. Soon after receiving notification of award, the contracting officer may notify the awardee that a bid protest has been filed by a disappointed offeror at the...more

GAO Loses Jurisdiction Over Task Order Protests Valued at More Than $10 Million

Government contractors hoping to challenge a civilian agency’s award of a task or delivery order may be out of luck, at least temporarily. Prior to September 30, 2016, the Government Accountability Office (“GAO”) had...more

Act Now To Preserve Your Section 1603 Grant

by McDermott Will & Emery on

In Depth - We recently reported that on October 31, 2016, the US Court of Federal Claims issued its opinion in Alta Wind I Owner v. United States, in which the court determined that the value of the property eligible for...more

Court Awards $206 Million to Alta Wind Projects in Section 1603 Grant Litigation; Smaller Award to Biomass Facility

by McDermott Will & Emery on

The US Court of Federal Claims awarded damages of more than $206 million to Plaintiffs/applicants in a case with respect to the cash grant under Section 1603 of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (Public Law...more

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