Judge Nudges Contractor To Withdraw $15M Smithsonian Suit

Law360, New York (May 3, 2012, 7:55 PM EDT) -- The U.S. Court of Federal Claims suggested Wednesday that Turner Construction Co. voluntarily dismiss its suit seeking $14.5 million from the government over late payments for construction at the Smithsonian Institution, saying that the case, as it currently stands, is likely premature.

Judge Christine O.C. Miller said Turner Construction sued before receiving a final decision from its contracting officer, and case law suggests it should not be excused from exhausting all administrative options before bringing suit. Turner seeks to challenge the adequacy of the appellate process...
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