On July 26, 2004, Robert Louis Salter, Jr. was convicted of unlawful possession of a machine gun and failing to appear in court. He was sentenced to 151 months in federal prison and a $50,000 fine. While incarcerated he opened an inmate prison trust fund account in which he deposited his prison wages and other funds. Salter also agreed to participate in the Inmate Financial Responsibility Program, from which he could make payments toward his court-ordered fine.

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In VFA, Inc. v. United States, the U.S. Department of Defense announced that it planned to replace the various facility assessment programs used across the Department with the Army Corps of Engineers’ Sustainment Management System. VFA, Inc., which is a provider of software and process solutions that are used to assess and manage the conditions of military installations, filed suit arguing that the Government was obligated to conduct a competitive bid before choosing what program to use as the standard assessment program.

The Government moved to dismiss the case for lack of jurisdiction, arguing that the procurement requirements did not apply because there had been no procurement.

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Big Law – The Boutique Way

November 14, 2014

The Washington, D.C., Chapter of the INBLF (International Network of Boutique Law Firms) hosted its 11th Annual Black Tie Weekend in the Nation’s Capitol on October 9-12, 2014. The Black Tie Dinner was held at the United States Supreme Court’s Great Hall with Justice Alito as guest of honor. Appearing as guest speaker, Kenneth Feinberg, the “Master of Disaster,” spoke of his work as special master for victims’ compensation funds.

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Never on Sunday Back-Pay Class Certified

October 28, 2014

In Jones v. United States, the Plaintiffs sought to certify a class of all part-time federal employees who had not been paid premium pay for regularly scheduled work performed on Sunday. The Government opposed class certification, arguing that an individualized approach was necessary to determine damages, making class action certification inappropriate.

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Unexcused Delay Dooms Contract Claim

October 22, 2014

The General Services Administration awarded a contract to Carotex Development, Inc., to design, build, and then lease to GSA an office building in Lake Charles, Louisiana for use by the Social Security Administration.  The contract set forth six steps for the design and construction of the building, and following incorporation of the final design intent drawings, and set forth a 180-day timeframe for construction and delivery of the building.

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Shakespeare on the Recovery of Pain and Suffering

October 21, 2014

In the opening scene of a recent decision issued by the U.S. Court of Federal Claims, the court quotes from Othello:

Who steals my purse steals trash; ‘tis something, nothing;

‘Twas mine, ‘tis his, and has been slave to thousands;

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