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It's All In The Name

October 14, 2009

In Wackenhut Int'l, Inc. v. Dep't of State (Sept. 22, 2009), the Civilian Board of Contract Appeals ("CBCA") ;dismissed for lack of jurisdiction when the appellant's Contract Disputes Act claim and subsequent appeal to the CBCA were brought in the name of a single joint venture partner instead of the joint venture itself. The Board found that only the joint venture had privity of contract with the government and that that was altered neither by appellant's 51% ownership stake in the joint venture nor by appellant's obtaining written authorization to pursue the claim from its joint venture partner.

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