Navy Can't Duck Software License Spat At ASBCA

By Bryan Koenig (July 12, 2016, 4:46 PM EDT) -- An Armed Services Board of Contract Appeals panel has refused to let the U.S. Navy slip a contractor's allegations of software license breaches, finding the license linked closely enough with the company's contract to give the board jurisdiction, according to a decision made public this week.

The three-member panel brushed off the Navy's arguments that the software license from ABB Enterprise Software Inc. would have needed to more directly "arise or relate to" a contract to give the board authority under the Contract Disputes Act. It also found the Navy's arguments contending a lack of a nexus between ABB's contracts and...

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