George D. Ruttinger, Partner Washington, D.C.
gruttinger@crowell.com
Phone: +1 202.624.2670
1001 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20004-2595

George D. Ruttinger is a partner in the firm's Government Contracts Group and co-chair of the International Dispute Resolution Group. He has represented domestic and foreign clients in international arbitrations before tribunals of the International Chamber of Commerce, Stockholm Chamber of Commerce, Netherlands Arbitration Institute, Permanent Court of Arbitration, and the World Bank’s International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID). In March 2016, the National Law Journal named George to its list of “ADR Champions,” who were described as demonstrating "a deep passion and perseverance in pursuit of their mission, having achieved remarkable successes along the way.”

The Washingtonian Magazine described George as "one of the city's top contracts lawyers [with] a track record of obtaining summary judgments in some of the most heralded defense industry-related lawsuits." He has represented clients in a broad range of industries, including aerospace, technology, manufacturing and pharmaceuticals.

Beyond his core Government Contracts and International Disputes practices, George is a versatile litigator and trial lawyer who has successfully represented clients in complex antitrust litigation and mass torts cases. He won summary judgment for Caterpillar in the Welding Fumes litigation, resulting in dismissal of over 3,000 cases that had been centralized in the Eastern District of Ohio.

George served as a law clerk to The Honorable Malcolm R. Wilkey of the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit. He is a member of the California and District of Columbia bars as well as the bars of seven federal courts of appeals, five federal trial courts, and the U.S. Supreme Court.

George's pro bono work includes serving on the Board of Directors of the Equal Rights Center, the leading civil rights enforcement agency in D.C., and on the Executive Committee of the Washington Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights and Urban Affairs. In 2011, the Lawyers' Committee presented George with the Wiley A. Branton Award in recognition of his "commitment to civil rights leadership and service" and the National Law Journal named him as a "Champion" who has "upheld the profession's core values through public service, pro bono efforts and advocacy for civil liberties."

Published Decisions

  • Representing Canadian mining company in arbitration against the Government of Mongolia claiming unlawful expropriation of a valuable uranium mine. On March 2, 2015, a distinguished Tribunal of arbitrators issued an Award finding that Mongolia had unlawfully expropriated the mine in violation of the Energy Charter Treaty and Mongolian Foreign Investment Law. The Tribunal awarded our client damages and costs totaling over $100 million. (Khan Resources Inc., et al. v. Government of Mongolia, PCA Case No. 2011-09). We are now representing the client in an action to confirm the Award in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia.
  • Obtained summary judgment dismissing all claims against major equipment manufacturer in over 1,000 actions in a federal Multi-District Litigation proceeding in which plaintiffs claimed that client conspired to conceal the alleged health hazards of manganese in welding fumes. (In re Welding Fumes Prod. Liab. Litig., MDL No. 1535 (N.D. OH), 2007 WL 3226951, Memorandum and Order, October 30, 2007).
  • Defended public owner in action by contractors challenging default termination of two subway contracts and asserting over $40 million in construction claims. After a 45-day trial, a favorable trial court decision, an appellate remand, and a re-trial, the court upheld client's decision to terminate the contracts, awarded client - the defendant - $40 million on its counterclaim for extra costs of completion after the termination. (Mergentime Corp. v. WMATA, No. 89-1055, 2006 WL 416177 (D.D.C. Feb. 22, 2006), on remand from 166 F.3d 1257 (D.C. Cir. 1999)).
  • Defended aircraft engine contractor in litigation of nine-figure government claim based upon alleged misallocation of overhead expenses to government contracts, rather than to material supplied under international strategic alliances for the manufacture of commercial jet engines. (United Techs. Corp., Pratt & Whitney, ASBCA Nos. 47416, et al., 2001-2 BCA ¶ 31,592 (2001), remanded, Rumsfeld v. UTC, 315 F.3d 1361 (Fed. Cir. 2003)).
  • Managed multi-forum antitrust class action litigation against pharmaceutical manufacturer, with results including dismissal of treble damages claims in federal class actions and decision denying motion to certify nationwide consumer class. (In re Warfarin Sodium Antitrust Litig., 212 F.R.D. 231 (D. Del. 2002)); successfully argued for affirmance of class settlement (In re Warfarin Sodium Antitrust Litig., 391 F.3d 516 (3d Cir. 2004)).
  • In federal court bid protest litigation, obtained permanent injunction against a 10-year, billion dollar postal service contract for express mail service. (Express One Int'l, Inc. v. U.S.P.S., 814 F. Supp. 93 (D.D.C. 1992)).
  • Successfully defended prime contractor against multi-million dollar subcontractor claim for excess costs of disposing of low-level radioactive wastes, and obtained complete recovery on prime contractor's counterclaim. (Nuclear Metals Inc. v. Honeywell, Inc. (D. Mass. 1987), aff'd, 852 F.2d 564 (1st Cir. 1988)).
  • Defended public owner in federal court jury trial of claims by construction contractor, resulting in a jury verdict awarding the contractor $100,000 (out of $4.2 million claimed) and allowing owner to retain $400,000 in liquidated damages. (Brinderson Corp. v. Hampton Roads Sanitation Dist., No. 84-1306-A (E.D. Va. 1985), aff'd in part and remanded in part, 825 F.2d 41 (4th Cir. 1987)).
  • Obtained summary judgment dismissing Constitutional and common law tort claims against the international construction consortium that built the King Khalid Military City. (Stevens v. Morrison-Knudsen Saudi Arabia Consortium, 576 F. Supp. 516 (D. Md. 1983), aff'd, 755 F.2d 375 (4th Cir. 1985)).

Engagements

  • Representing American mining company in investment treaty arbitration against the Republic of El Salvador based upon unlawful deprivation of a valuable gold mining concession. (Pac Rim Cayman LLC v. Republic of El Salvador, ICSID Case No. ARB/09/12).
  • Representing Dutch real estate developer in claim against the Republic of Turkey under the Netherlands-Turkey Bilateral Investment Treaty (BIT). The claim was heard by the World Bank's International Centre for Resolution of Investment Disputes (ICSID). (Tulip Real Estate & Development Netherlands BV v. Republic of Turkey, ICSID Case No. ARB/11/28).
  • Represented American manufacturer of products for nuclear industry in arbitration convened by the International Chamber of Commerce in London to resolve disputes with an Australian firm relating to its sale to client of intellectual property under an asset purchase agreement and alleged breach of its covenant not to compete (2011).
  • Represented small, woman-owned business in classified appeal of termination for default decision, resulting in converting the termination to one for convenience of the government and in payment to the contractor of substantial performance and termination costs (2010).
  • Represented airport authority in defending action to enjoin leasing of restaurant space at Reagan National Airport based on alleged violations of statutory requirements for competition; defeated motion for preliminary injunction, resulting in plaintiff's dismissal of action five days before start of new restaurant lease. (Legal Sea Foods v. Metropolitan Washington Airport Authority, Case No. 1:09cv711 AJT (2009)).
  • Represented Chinese firm in arbitration hearing convened by Stockholm Chamber of Commerce in which a European company asserted claims against our client under a technology licensing agreement (2008).
  • Obtained dismissal of qui tam False Claims Act action for failure to prosecute after disqualifying relator's counsel for reviewing client's improperly obtained privileged documents. (Peoples ex rel. U.S. v. Eagle-Picher Indus., Inc. (W.D. Mo. 2003)).
  • Represented major transportation corporation in international arbitration with Dutch port operator regarding alleged breach of a long-term contract for use of a deepsea container handling terminal in Rotterdam. (Europe Container Terminus B.V. v. Sea-Land Serv., Inc., NAI Arbitration No. 2541).
  • Obtained dismissal of FCA suit brought against client's former subsidiary (US ex. rel Bumgardner v. Datatape, Inc., No. 99-682-A (E.D. Va. 1999)).
  • Represented aerospace company in suit to enjoin competitor's use of misappropriated trade secrets, resulting in permanent injunction and award of attorneys' fees. (Raytheon Co. v. GTE Gov't Sys. Corp., No. 96-5983 A (Super. Ct., Mass. 1997)).
  • Defended manufacturer of medical supplies against price fixing conspiracy suits in federal and state courts (In re Medical X-Ray Antitrust Litig., No. 93-5904 (E.D.N.Y. 1997)).
  • In federal court subcontracting dispute, represented prime contractor in defending against $300 million contract claim arising out of termination of subcontract for testing of F-18 avionics; settled claims for zero dollars after seven weeks of jury trial. (AAI Corp. v. Harris Corp., No. 85-3021 (D. Md. 1989)).
  • Represented construction contractor in ADR proceeding to resolve $55 million differing site conditions claim arising out of construction of the Tennessee-Tombigbee Waterway for the Corps of Engineers. (Tenn Tom Constructors (ENGBCA 1986)).


Affiliations

Admitted to practice: District of Columbia, California, U.S. Supreme Court

Memberships

U.S. Courts of Appeals for the District of Columbia, First, Second, Third, Fourth, Sixth, Ninth and Federal Circuits
U.S. District Courts for the Districts of Central California, Northern California, District of Columbia, Maryland, and Eastern Michigan
U.S. Court of Federal Claims



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Oct.14.2016 Crowell & Moring Named a Top Firm for Serving Latin America by Latinvex
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Mar.18.2016 Litigation Note: Khan Resources Inc. Announces Settlement of Arbitration Award
Mar.09.2016 Crowell & Moring's George Ruttinger Named to National Law Journal's ADR Champions List
Jan.11.2016 Crowell & Moring Attorneys Named to Washingtonian's 2015 "Top Lawyers" List
Oct.16.2015 Crowell & Moring Named a Top Arbitration Firm in Latin America by Latinvex
Jan.22.2015 Crowell & Moring's Antitrust Group Featured in Global Competition Review's 15th Edition "GCR 100"
Jan.09.2015 Crowell & Moring's Government Contracts Group Named to Law360's "Practice Groups of the Year" for Fifth Consecutive Year
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Jun.24.2013 Crowell & Moring Recognized by National Law Journal as Washington, D.C. "General Civil Litigation" Department of the Year
Dec.15.2011 Seven Crowell & Moring Attorneys Included in Washingtonian’s 2011 “Top Lawyers” Issue
Jun.27.2011 National Law Journal Names George Ruttinger a Pro Bono “Champion”
Jun.07.2011 George Ruttinger Honored by Washington Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights
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