(CN) – An attorney’s “disastrous procedural error” of filing similar complaints in two courts forced the Court of Federal Claims to dismiss one of the lawsuits.
Lan-Dale Co., seeking specific performance of a settlement, filed claims in both the Court of Federal Claims and federal court in Arizona.
But because federal law strips the claims court of jurisdiction over a claim pending in another court, the court had to dismiss Lan-Dale’s petition.
“This case presents yet another example of a potentially meritorious action negated by the workings of 28 U.S.C. § 1500,” Judge Wheeler wrote.