Last week, I offered my take on the February 22, 2016 oral argument in Kingdomware Technologies, Inc. v. United States. Now you can listen for yourself.
The Supreme Court has posted an audio recording of the hearing, as well as the transcript. To listen to the audio or read the transcript, just follow this link.
It was a busy week for me in Washington, DC. The highlight was attending oral arguments in Kingdomware Technologies v. United States on Monday. Although I was supposed to head back to Lawrence Wednesday night, a bout of severe weather led to the cancellation of my flight–and two extra unscheduled nights in DC.
Now that I’m finally back here in Lawrence, it’s time for our weekly dose of government contracting news. In this week’s SmallGovCon Week In Review, SAM problems lead to a pre-award protest, an uphill battle for women-owned businesses seeking federal contracts, the “worst website in government” is getting an upgrade and much more.
Monday was a big day for SDVOSBs and VOSBs, as the Supreme Court heard oral arguments in Kingdomware v. United States. I was in the courtroom for the oral arguments, and yesterday I gave a webinar on the case.
The webinar explains the factual and legal importance of Kingdomware, discusses my impressions from the oral argument, and answers many great questions posed by audience members. The webinar is now available on the Koprince Law LLC YouTube channel. To view it, just follow this link. And of course, bookmark our YouTube channel for other videos and webinars about important government contracting legal matters.
The Supreme Court heard oral arguments in Kingdomware Technologies Inc., v. United States this morning. I was in the courtroom as counsel for Kingdomware and the government did their best to answer the questions of eight Justices.
Here are my first impressions.
As the nation pauses to remember Justice Antonin Scalia, SDVOSBs and VOSBs are already asking: what does Justice Scalia’s passing mean for Kingdomware v. United States, which is currently scheduled for oral argument on February 22?
Good question. Here’s what I know now, plus a little speculation to boot.
The Supreme Court will decide the Kingdomware SDVOSB/VOSB case on its merits after all. According to the Supreme Court’s just-released calendar, the Court will hear oral argument in Kingdomware Technologies v. United States on February 22, 2016.
The Supreme Court’s decision is good news for SDVOSBs and VOSBs, which got a bit of a scare when the Supreme Court abruptly yanked the case from its docket in November. But after Kingdomware and the VA filed briefs agreeing that the case should not be dismissed on a technicality, the Court has decided to move ahead.
I plan to be in the Supreme Court for oral argument on the 22nd, and will update SmallGovCon later that day with my take on the proceedings.
The VA and Kingdomware Technologies Inc. haven’t agreed on much in recent years, but in briefs filed with the Supreme Court on November 20, 2015, they agree on one thing: the pending Kingdomware Supreme Court case is not moot.
Hopefully, the fact that neither party wants the case dismissed on a technicality will help convince the Court to decide Kingdomware on the merits.