Sequestration And The Sovereign Acts Doctrine

Law360, New York (March 21, 2013, 12:09 PM EDT) -- Over the past few months, there has been lots of talk about sequestration, the debt ceiling and a possible government shutdown and lots of analysis of the impact on the overall economy, government workers and government contractors. As government contracts attorneys, that got us to thinking — aren’t the sequester and a government shutdown “sovereign acts” for which the government bears no liability?

The Sovereign Acts Doctrine

The sovereign acts doctrine is a well-established and long-standing rule of law that protects the government from liability as...
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