United States Court of Federal Claims

At Malyszek & Malyszek, we focus on all aspects of contracting with the U.S. federal government. Malyszek & Malyszek can help with your government contract matters and rulings involving the United States Court of Federal Claims (USCFC).

The United States Court of Federal Claims (USCFC) is a federal court that hears monetary claims against the U.S. government. Unlike judges of courts established under Article Three of the Constitution, judges on the Court of Federal Claims don’t have life tenure; instead, they serve 15-year terms and are then eligible for reappointment. The court was established pursuant to Congress's power under Article One of the United States Constitution. The judges are removable by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit for misconduct, incompetency, or neglect of duty.

The USCFC is a federal court of limited jurisdiction. The Federal Courts Improvement Act (FCIA) of 1982 eliminated the original Court of Claims and replaced them with the newly created United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit and the United States Court of Federal Claims. The court is centered in Washington, D.C. and consists of 16 judges that have been appointed by the President and confirmed by the Senate. The court generally has exclusive jurisdiction over most monetary claims against the United States in excess of $10,000. It has parallel jurisdiction with United States District Courts for all claims $10,000 and below.

Many of the cases generally involve factual and legal construction issues in tax law. The cases that appear before the court involve tax refund suits, an area in which the court exercises concurrent jurisdiction with the district courts. Another feature of the court's jurisdiction involves government contracts. Recently, the court's Fifth Amendment’s jurisdiction has included many cases which have raised natural and environmental resources issues. Another great category of cases involves civilian and military pay claims. The court hears Indian tribe, intellectual property, and various statutory claims against the United States.

Government contract law can be extremely complicated. Trust our experienced lawyers to guide you through every step of the procedure. From Federal Claims, GSA, Contact Appeals, and SBA matters, count on Malyszek & Malyszek when you are in need of legal assistance. Call the Malyszek & Malyszek law firm today to speak with one of our attorneys about your case.