The control of potentially hazardous energy by using a Lockout/Tagout (LOTO) system is one of the most common violations in the workplace. In 2019, LOTO is the fifth most frequently citation issued by the United States Dept. of Labor's Office of Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). Failure to give proper attention to LOTO is a serious concern because it can lead to a negative impact on the health of your employees and your business. There were over 5,000 on the job fatalities in 2017, which equates to an average of 14 deaths each day. The health of your business and employees
Rocky Mountain Helium, LLC (“Rocky Mountain”) filed a legal action against the U.S. government for breach of a Settlement Agreement. The dispute involved requirements in the Settlement Agreement between the Bureau of Land Management (“BLM”) and Rocky Mountain. The United States Court of Federal Claims granted summary judgment in favor of Rocky Mountain.
In 2018, the Ute Indian Tribe of the Uintah and Ouray Reservation in Utah filed a lawsuit in federal court alleging the United States violated federal law by treating reservation lands “as though they were owned by the United States (US) outright, rather than in trust for the Tribe.” The Northern Ute Tribe (Tribe), as they are commonly known by, claimed the US wrongfully appropriated revenue related to the sale or lease of lands within the Uintah and Ouray Reservation. It added, the Bureau of Land Management’s (BLM) employees entered and trespassed onto the Reservation lands without the
A group of environmental organizations sought to protect public lands and the environment by seeking judicial review of a decision by the Dept. of Interior's (DOI) Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement (OSMRE). The decision recommended the approval of a mining plan that authorizes the mining of federally owned coal on public lands by Mountain Coal Company (MCC). The plaintiffs, WildEarth Guardians, High Country Conservation, The Center for Biological Diversity, and the Sierra Club, argued the decision must be set aside because it did not comply with the National
Just In Time Staffing, a staffing services company, filed suit in the United Court of Federal Claims (COFC) against the United States government for expenses it incurred during labor negotiations in connection with a government contract. The U.S. government filed a motion to dismiss because Just in Time Staffing did not state a claim on which relief could be granted and the COFC did not have subject matter jurisdiction.
In its ongoing battle for a cleaner, safer environment, Nuclear Watch New Mexico sued the Department of Energy (DOE) and Los Alamos National Security, LLC (LANS) in U.S. District Court for the District of New Mexico alleging violations of the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) for the failure to complete cleanup and remediation of nuclear wastes at Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL). It alleged the defendants failed to submit investigation reports, remedy completion report for material disposal areas, and install monitoring wells and documentation associated with the wells.
Northrop Grumman Corporation's (Northrop) accounting of costs for providing post-retirement benefits (PRB) are in dispute. PRBs are benefits available to employees once they retire and may include health care, life insurance, disability, and welfare benefits. The Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) allows contractors to obtain reimbursement for PRB from the federal government.
Meridian Engineering Company (MEC), an engineering and construction company, contracted with the United States Corps of Engineers (CoE) to build a flood control project in Nogales, Arizona, near the Mexican Border. MEC brought legal action against the CoE for breach of contract, breach of duty of good faith and fair dealing, and violation of the Contract Disputes Act (CDA). The U.S. Court of Federal Claims (COFC) found in favor of the U.S. government on the contract dispute claims, but then found MEC was still entitled to equitable adjustment. This decision was appealed to the U.S.
Cranbury Brick Yard was first owned by Unexcelled Manufacturing Co. The company made bombs, ammunition, grenade fuses for the U.S. military during World War II and the Korean War. A warehouse at the site containing grenade fuses exploded in 1954 causing serious damage to the site. The military helped clean the site, but unexploded weapons and hazardous materials were left behind. The factory shut down and contamination remained on site.
On November 14, 2019, Amazon announced it planned to protest the Pentagon’s surprise decision last month to award the Joint Enterprise Defense Infrastructure (JEDI) cloud-computing contract to Microsoft. On November 22, 2019, Amazon filed suit in the U.S. Court of Federal Claims (COFC), but declined to comment beyond the announcement of the official filing.