The Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals dealt a blow to government contractor Washington Group International, Inc. on September 14, 2010, when it overturned a District Court decision granting WGI government contractor immunity in the Katrina Canal Breaches Litigation.

The Fifth Circuit, reviewing de novo the summary judgment decision in favor of WGI, found that the government had not approved reasonably precise specifications – a necessary prong to the government contractor immunity test first articulated by the Supreme Court in 1988.

Contact Karen S. Hindson, government contracts attorney, for more information or to discuss your case.