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Government Contract Disputes

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What's a Government Contract?

A government contract is when the government seeks out a contractor who will fulfill a certain task for them. In many cases, the contractor is some sort of construction or building entity that will perform construction work on behalf of the government. However, contracting is also done in many other sectors of the government. Government contracts are usually obtained through a formal process of bidding.

What Are Some Types of Government Contract Disputes?

Government contract disputes can often arise in connection with a government project. Some common types of contract disputes include:

  • Abandonment of the project, or failure to complete the project
  • Disclosing confidential government information related to the project
  • Disputes over rates, pricing, materials, and other technical details
  • Conflicts with third parties or outside companies
  • Issues with assigning contract terms to other parties

Contract conflicts may often be resolved through a lawsuit or through an agency investigation. Some contract disputes involve remedies like damages, especially if third parties were injured or suffered losses due to a violation.

What Is Government Contractor Immunity?

In some cases, a contractor hired by the government may be immune to legal action. This depends on many factors, and is subject to limitation. Generally, in order to be immune to a lawsuit, the contractor needs to be working within the specific scope of authority granted by the government project. Contractors can often forfeit their immunity if they step outside the bounds of what they are supposed to be doing.

Do I need a Lawyer for Help with Government Contracts?

Government contracts can often involve major planning and resource efforts. You may wish to hire a government lawyer if you need assistance in securing or managing a contract. Your lawyer can provide you with legal advice on the process, and can also represent you in case a lawsuit arises. Contract laws can vary widely by state and jurisdiction.

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Last Modified: 05-30-2018 08:28 PM PDT

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