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Better late than never doesn't work for lawsuits.
The following is how the U.S. Court of Federal Claims recently summarized a case that it threw out because, in part, it was brought too late:
“Plaintiff Eden Isle Marina, Inc. operates a commercial marina located on a lake owned by the United States Corps of Engineers (“Corps”). It contends that the Corps breached the commercial concession leases governing its operation of the marina by thwarting its repeated attempts to develop its leasehold as permitted by the express terms of the leases. It further contends that the Corps deprived it of its property without just compensation in violation of the Fifth Amendment of the United States Constitution. After hearing plaintiff’s case-in-chief at trial, it is crystal clear that the Corps–from its civilian leadership at headquarters through its personnel in the local office–breached its contracts and grievously wronged plaintiff. It is equally clear that one of plaintiff’s elected representatives actively worked against plaintiff to prevent it from developing its leasehold. Plaintiff stood no chance to enjoy the benefit of its contracts with the Corps in the face of the political forces aligned against it.” (Eden Isle Marina, Inc. v. United States, No. 07-127 C, October 29, 2013).
Government shut-down creates possible traps for filing protests at GAO
GAO has very strict timeliness rules for filing protests. But because of the Government shut-down, GAO is closed. And protests will not be deemed filed at GAO until GAO resumes operations. How seriously is GAO taking the shut-down? It has disabled its fax machines.