WOODBRIDGE, Va.--(EON: Enhanced Online News)--In a victory for Fluet Huber + Hoang (FH+H) and its client, Millennium Corporation, Inc. (Millennium), the United States Court of Federal Claims last week denied the Coast Guard’s attempt to circumvent the competitive bid protest process by declaring that the agency’s decision to override a stay “lacks a rational basis and is contrary to law.”
“It was clear that the government had overstepped its authority and the situation required us to seek the relief for our client that was ultimately afforded by the Court.”
On September 25, the Coast Guard decided to override the automatic stay set in place after Millennium filed a second bid protest with the Government Accountability Office (GAO), disputing the Coast Guard’s award of a contract. In the first protest filed in April, the Coast Guard agreed to take corrective action, but then in October awarded a sole-source contract to the same contractor that had previously been protested. The Court’s one-page ruling prevents the Coast Guard from moving forward in awarding the contract until the GAO addresses the grounds of Millennium’s protest.
The legal effort on behalf of Millennium was spearheaded by FH+H partner Lee Dougherty and the law firm’s Government Contracts Practice Group. FH+H received declaratory and injunctive relief from the Court for its client in less than a week’s time following the Coast Guard’s action.
“Sometimes, the circumstances require swift action to ensure that irreparable harm is not done,” said FH+H’s Dougherty. “It was clear that the government had overstepped its authority and the situation required us to seek the relief for our client that was ultimately afforded by the Court.”
About Fluet Huber + Hoang:
FH+H is a value-based law firm that serves as advocate, counsel, and champion for hundreds of companies and individuals worldwide. Started by one lawyer in one office with one client, FH+H has rapidly grown to five practice groups: Government Contracts + Business, Mergers + Acquisitions, Litigation + Investigations, International Trade + Transactions, Employment + Labor. FH+H’s attorneys include a former White House lawyer, a former Supreme Court law clerk, two former federal prosecutors, five combat Veterans, and six lawyers with security clearances. For more information, visit http://www.fluetlaw.com.
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