National Cancer Institute Cleared In Contracting Battle

Law360, New York (May 29, 2012, 1:50 PM EDT) -- A federal judge on Friday blocked a lawsuit challenging the National Cancer Institute's hiring of a private firm to handle subcontracting duties, saying that allowing the litigation to proceed would unlock a Pandora's box of courtroom attacks on administrative decisions.

The International Genomics Consortium, a Phoenix-based medical research nonprofit, argued in the U.S. Court of Federal Claims that an institute official with a vendetta devised a sham system of selecting subcontractors in order to cut off money to the IGC.

Judge Francis M. Allegra refused to...
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