Advanced data analytics is critical to meeting our defense, intelligence, and cybersecurity needs. In the government arena, it is often a matter of contention whether commercial applications or customized government applications best satisfy these requirements. Ed Tolchin comments on a bid protest by a Silicon Valley firm challenging the Army’s reliance on its customized solution.
Palantir claims the Army’s solicitation is “unlawful, irrational, arbitrary and capricious,” according to the letter of intent Palantir sent to the U.S. Army and the Department of Justice, which was obtained by Bloomberg. The letter is a legal courtesy, which states Palantir will file a formal protest in the U.S. Court of Federal Claims next week and requests the Army delay awarding the first phase of the contract until litigation is resolved. The contract is slated to be awarded by the end of 2016.
ABOUT EDWARD TOLCHIN
Edward Tolchin is a Principal and Chair in the firm’s Government Contracting practice group. Mr. Tolchin’s practice is focused on government contracting, business litigation, and technology matters. In government contracting issues, Mr. Tolchin represents prime and subcontractors in contract negotiation and formation matters and in disputes involving both government and commercial business issues. He has been involved in procurement cases before many of the federal and state boards of contract appeal, Government Accountability Office, Small Business Administration, United States Court of Federal Claims, Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit and other federal and state courts across the United States. His business litigation practice involves large and small matters in federal and state courts and before numerous arbitration panels. Many of Mr. Tolchin’s cases have involved complicated partnership and corporate control, ownership, and acquisition disputes. In the technology arena, Mr. Tolchin has assisted in disputes, licensing, and business development matters for clients ranging from startups to Fortune 500 companies.
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