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Doug Patin has an extensive government contracts practice. While this work has involved the entire spectrum of traditional government contract disputes, he has developed extensive experience in various aspects of government contract law including: federal fraud and False Claims Act issues, bid protests, mediation, and contract dispute litigation with the federal government.

Doug's extensive teaching and writing efforts keep him current on changing case law and developments in the field. Doug has a national practice representing some of the largest federal contractors and subcontractors in the country. View articles by Doug.

Federal Prompt Pay Act Does Not Afford Subcontractors Right to Sue General ContractorOn October 15, 2020, in EMTA Insaat Taahhut ve Ticaret A.S. v. Cosmopolitan Incorporated, a federal district court held that the federal Prompt Pay Act (PPA) (31 U.S.C. §§ 3901, et al.) does not create a private right of action for a subcontractor against a general contractor.  The dispute arose from a project for

Timing Is Everything: Miller Act Notice Defect Saves SuretyThe Miller Act protects subcontractors from nonpayment on federal projects by requiring prime contractors to issue payment bonds. To obtain relief under the Miller Act, a subcontractor must (1) give the prime contractor written notice of its claim within 90 days of the date it last performed work on a federal project and (2) file

Don’t Be Unreasonable: Equitable Adjustment Conditioned on Government Contractor’s Proof of Reasonable Interpretation of ContractThe U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, in U.S. Army Corps of Engineers v. John C. Grimberg Co., Inc., recently reversed an Armed Services Board of Contract Appeals (ASBCA) decision that a federal contractor was entitled to an equitable adjustment on a differing site conditions claim. The Federal Circuit held that the