Government Contract

The Second Circuit reinstated claims against a small business that misrepresented itself as being service-disabled and veteran-owned to gain access to government contracts. The use of a disabled veteran as straw man posing as the owner to meet contract-eligibility requirements was material to the business receiving $21 million under the set-aside program over five years.

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Plane Crash

he Eleventh Circuit upheld a ruling in favor of a government contractor on a widow’s complaint alleging it failed to properly maintain an F-16 that her husband was flying when it crashed into the Gulf of Mexico. The Death on the High Seas Act applies to the case and precludes the widow’s warranty and contract claims.

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Brad Pitt

A federal court in Texas dismissed a woman’s contract and fraud claims against Brad Pitt and his nonprofit entities. The woman, who says she had a “romantic” relationship with the actor and even discussed marriage with him, claims he did not appear at certain fundraising events she organized despite receiving payments to do so. Pitt says he never had any contact with the woman and never received payments from her.

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