For the second time in about as many years, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in favor of the Hornes in a takings case that seemingly will not end. Last week the Supreme Court held that the federal raisin marketing program, which requires raisin growers to physically set aside a percentage of their crop under an antiquated U.S. Department of Agriculture program, is a physical taking requiring just compensation. (See [add date or name of] blog posting for a further description of this program.)
In 2000, Nortel Network, Inc. entered into a supply contract with the General Services Administration of the United States. In 2008, under this same supply contract, Nortel entered into a sponsored-partner agreement with Tektel. In 2009, the District Court requested vendor quotes for a phone service maintenance project, which was awarded to Tektel. Under the purchase agreement, Tektel would provide the District Court with Nortel phone upgrade work and maintenance. Thereafter, Tektel reconfigured the Nortel phone system, and created custom telephone and software upgrades for the District Court.