In Nycal Offshore Development v. United States, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit affirmed the U.S. Court of Federal Claims’ holding that Nycal, an oil development company, had failed to prove its claim for lost-profit damages following the Government’s breach of contract. The case arose out of oil and gas leases made off the coast of California by the Government to several natural-resource development companies, including Nycal. After the leases were granted, Congress passed legislation giving California greater ability to halt development under the leases—which it did, making the leases worthless. The development companies sued for breach of contract, and ultimately were awarded $1.1 billion in restitution damages.
Former-commissioned Naval officer Troy Allen Lewis launched a promising career in the U.S. Navy, joining the service via the Armed Forces Health Professions Scholarship Program and in training to become a medical doctor at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences. But while attending the Uniformed Services University, Lewis was arrested in 2007 for allegedly engaging in an online chat with a 10-year-old girl. Lewis was ultimately convicted of attempted coercion and enticement of a minor with an intent to engage in illicit sexual conduct.