United Launch Services and Boeing have sued the United States, in the U.S. Court of Federal Claims, alleging that the Air Force refused to honor its contractual commitments to reimburse hundreds of millions of dollars of costs incurred by Boeing in providing Delta IV launch services to the United States government as part of the Air Force’s Evolved Expendable Launch Vehicle (“EELV”) program. The 76 page complaint is as dry a legal document as can be imagined, but the suit does serve as a window into a little known corner of civil litigation.
Congress established the Court of Federal Claims, sitting in Washington, D.C., in 1982. The court replaced the United States Court of Claims in its role is to litigate monetary claims brought against the United States or any of its branches, departments or agencies.
Examples of matters heard by the court include suits over proper compensation for property taken by the government, claims for amounts owed pursuant to governmental contracts, alleged patent/copyright infringement and claims for tax refunds.