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HTMLPass-Through Claims Without a Contract—Severin Doctrine Part Two
Thomas F. Rath; Husch Blackwell LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
April 2, 2014, previously published on April 01, 2014
The Severin doctrine restricts the ability of prime contractors to hold the government responsible for costs incurred by subcontractors. It is often of limited practical effect because it can usually be avoided by contract. Liquidation agreements, sponsorship agreements, pass-through agreements,...

 

HTMLLessons Learned from 71 Years of the Severin Doctrine
Thomas F. Rath; Husch Blackwell LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
January 31, 2014, previously published on January 22, 2014
Subcontracting is often the best way to complete a complex project. A subcontractor may have technical expertise, equipment, or human resources that are unavailable to the prime contractor. But assigning work to one or more lower-tier parties carries with it a certain amount of risk. One of the...

 

HTMLContractor Appeals of Negative Past Performance Evaluations
Thomas F. Rath; Husch Blackwell LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
December 17, 2013, previously published on December 13, 2013
Contractors have the constitutional right to rebut past performance evaluations before they are stigmatized by the government’s assessments in the future. See Old Dominion Dairy Products, Inc. v. Secretary of Defense, 631 F.2d 953 (D.C. Cir. 1980). But full exercise of this right has the...