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Compared to a termination for convenience, if the federal government issues your company a contract termination letter for contractor default (also referred to as termination for cause or T4D), without sound legal representation for dispute resolution, you may end up owing the government thousands of dollars or giving up your legal rights, if not millions although there was an unlawful termination.
- Detailed legal review of your case
- Assessment of the next steps and strength of your case
- Over 30 years of federal procurement experience
- Government contract attorneys that understand the appeal process
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Sometimes the government termination actions are not supported by the agency record. At Watson & Associates, LLC our team of government contracts termination for default lawyers carefully assess the facts and circumstances surrounding each case to see whether the government has violated federal procurement law.
We also provide direct legal counsel to CEOs and corporate executives nationwide about the next steps. We have earned a reputation for gaining favorable results for small businesses and large DOD contractors through vigorous legal representation.
FAR Termination for Default Government Contracts Appellate Services
The law firm provides a detailed review of the facts leading up to the government contracts termination for default for both services contracts and federal construction projects, assesses whether the contracting officer has violated government procurement law or has abused his or her discretion when canceling a contract with a contractor. We then prepare the written notice of termination appeal to the respective players. Our T4D lawyers provide:
- Assessment of cure notices and show cause notice decisions
- Construction contract termination rights
- Service contracts dispute resolution
- Failure to perform contractor default cases – unlawful termination
- Corps of Engineers construction default legal representation
- Legal analysis of government fault outside of the contractor’s responsibility
- Legal review for the government’s breach vs default when issued a contract termination letter
- Review of specific facts that create legal defenses for the contractor such as constructive change matters
- Detailed legal analysis and preparation of appeal documents
- A thorough assessment of the relevant facts leading to the notice of termination of contract
- Potential for negotiations in contract termination clause disputes.
- Aggressive termination of contract appeals and litigation services.
- We handle construction termination for cause and service contract T4D cases.
- We provide help with converting default decisions into a termination for convenience.
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Contract Termination for Cause Clause FAR 49.4 or FAR 52.249
What Must the Government Show When issuing a contract termination letter for cause?
When the contracting officer issues a contract termination for cause under FAR 52.249-8 or FAR 49.4 contract termination clause, and alleges that you have failed to meet your contractual obligation under the contract cancellation clause, it must defend any appeal filed by the contractor.
In a T4D case, if the contract was terminated before the actual completion date, the agency must show that use of the government contract Termination for Default Clause was proper and correct. If not, the agency could be found to have issued an unlawful termination.
Breach vs default: What must the contracting officer consider before issuing a contract termination for cause action?
FAR (49.402-3(f)) contract termination clause shows a list of things that the contracting officer must consider before terminating a contract for default. They include:
- The terms of the contract and applicable laws and regulations – FAR 52.249 8.
- The specific failure of the contractor and the excuses for the failure.
- The availability of the supplies or services from other sources.
- The urgency of the need for the supplies or services and the period of time required to obtain them from other sources, as compared with the time delivery could be obtained from the delinquent contractor.
- The effect of a termination of contract on the ability of the contractor to liquidate guaranteed loans, progress payments, or advance payments.
- Any other pertinent facts and circumstances.
Can a contractor terminate a government contract?
As a practical matter, no: There has to be a very rare situation to even support such an action. Generally, the FAR clauses allow for the government to terminate the contract. However, a contractor has sufficient evidence to show some level of constructive termination, then there could be a possibility. However, facts leading to changes in contract terms etc must still follow the requirements of the Contract Disputes Act. A contractor cannot simply abandon the contract.
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