Federal Contract Claims Lawyers Offering Nationwide and International Help For Contractors Needing Help to Increase Their Chances of Getting Paid in Government Contract Disputes Act Claims. We Help Contractors to Avoid the Most Costly Mistakes with Federal Procurement Claims.
At Watson & Associates, LLC, we frequently help small businesses and larger DOD contractor to prepare, litigate and appeal federal contract claims. We understand the in many cases, the contracting officer may deny your claim for technical reasons and not so much on the merits.
Our goal is to help you to carefully assess the details, the contract terms and conditions.
In addition to helping you to prepare federal contract claims, we are also government contract claims lawyers who frequently practice before the Civilian Board of Contract Appeals (CBCA), Armed Services Board of Contract Appeals (ASBCA), US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit and the United States Court of Federal Claims.
Federal Government Contract Claims and Contract Disputes Act Attorney Services
Regardless of your industry, you more than likely will have to analyze or decide how you want to proceed. Our CO and Washington DC government contractual claims and contract disputes attorneys stand ready to guide you through the laws and regulations that govern.
- Breach of contract claims and defenses
- Contract Disputes Act of 1978
- Government construction contract claims appeal
- Construction contract change orders
- Breach of contract litigation
- FAR Changes Clause and Change Orders
- Duty of good faith and fair dealing litigation under the Contract Disputes Act
- Change orders and out of scope work claims
- Contractor release of claims
- Terminations for default and convenience
- Contract Performance and FAR disputes
- Latent defects in construction
- Construction delays and construction contract claims
- Consequential damages
- Liquidated damages
- Subcontractor sponsored claims
- Differing site conditions
Call Our Government Contract Claims Lawyers today. 1-866-601-5518 or 202-827-9750.
You must understand the legal requirements for submitting federal contract claims Under the Government Contract Disputes Act
As stated earlier, the FAR Disputes Act is generally the underlying law that will protect you on the back end of your claim. Many federal contract claims are disputed either for preparation and technical disputes.
For appeals and litigation at the Board of Contract Appeals or Court of Federal Claims, the contentions are usually whether there was a contracting officer’s final decision; whether the appellate court has jurisdiction to hear the case; the merits of the claim and whether the contractor is entitled to payment and damages. Our government contract claim disputes lawyers help with these various matters.
FAR & Government Contract Disputes Act Requirements
To meet the basic requirements for filing a federal government contract claim to the contracting officer your claim must contain the following:
- A written demand or assertion or payment or some other relief under the contract. This must allow the contracting officer to have enough notice of what you are seeking
- The claim must be for a sum certain, adjustment or interpretation of contract terms, or other relief arising under or relating to a contract between the government and the contractor.
- Federal contract claims exceeding $100,000.00 must be certified by the contractor. You must certify that
- the claim is being asserted in good faith,
- the supporting data is accurate and complete to the best of the contractor’s knowledge,
- the amount requested is accurate, and
- the person asserting the claim is duly authorized to certify the claim.
- You must ask for a contracting officer’s final decision.
Tip: Federal contract claims that fall under the Contract Disputes Act must be filed within the six-year statute of limitations.
Tip: All Federal contract claims must be submitted to the contracting officer and no one else.
What are the Costly Legal Mistakes Seen With Contract Disputes Act Claims?
Statute of limitations: Oftentimes, the contractor will have a legitimate claim. However, by not fully understanding how to calculate the statute of limitations, government contract claims are submitted late. The contracting officer will have no problem denying the claim in its entirety. When you appeal the decision to the ASBCA, CBCA or Court of Federal Claims, the case may get dismissed because the statute of limitations has passed.
Your claim does not meet the CDA requirements: This is a common problem after the contracting officer receives the claim. However, there are some issues that can be repaired even during the litigation stages. If the government’s attorneys file a motion to dismiss for lack of certification, there are some potential remedies to resolve the issue. In other situations, the substance of the claim is lacking and does not give the contracting officer enough information. If the claim does not meet the Contract Disputes Act requirements, then the appellate court lacks jurisdiction to hear the appeal.
No final written decision of the contracting officer: Your contract claim disputes should always request a contracting officer’s final decision. companies should keep in mind that courts give the agency great discretion to inquire and request additional information. Sometimes this can be quite frustrating. However, if there is no contracting officer’s final decision, there can be a problem on appeal.
Court does not have jurisdiction: This another common mistake made when litigating government contract claim cases. This is one reason why contractors should seek help from legal counsel before filing an appeal.
Help With Contractor Release of Claims
Sometimes, you may have resolved previous claims on the instant project that you have now submitted a new government claim. There are cases where the government has refused to pay due to an alleged accord and satisfaction because of the previous release of contract claims. This can be a serious hurdle to overcome. However, there are certain circumstances where courts have overturned the contractor release of claims. This another area where our Watson’s federal contract claims attorneys can help.
Construction Federal Contract Claims & Disputes
Small businesses and large prime contractors doing business with the federal government often find themselves at odds with the government when it comes to construction contract claims and disputes. The primary issue is generally the previous communications with the contracting officer; mistakenly taking directions from the Contracting Officer Representative (COR). Watson’s federal contract claims attorneys can help with these types of cases at the agency level or at the appeals level.
Appellate Court Jurisdiction to Hear Your Case
This is a constant problem where companies spend tens of thousands of dollars.
When the contracting officer issues a final decision denying your claim, many companies quickly appeal to government claims. However, the agency also quickly files a motion to dismiss by alleging that the Court does not have jurisdiction to heat the appeal.
The common reasons for the agency’s motion to dismiss is either there was no decision of the contracting officer or that your government contract claim did not meet the statutory requirements for the Contract Disputes Act.
Call Our Contract Dispute Lawyers and Government Contract Claims Appeal Attorneys
Hire Watson’s federal government contract claims lawyers for help with the Federal Contract Disputes Act of 1978. Contact our Washington, DC government contractor dispute lawyers.
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