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Make Releases Work for You in Government Contracting

By on May 19, 2018 in Contracts, Government

Michelle E. Litteken of PilieroMazza PLLC writes that releases have proven to be the double-edged sword of government contracting.

“In some cases, a release can prevent a contractor from successfully submitting a request for equitable adjustment or a claim to the Government,” she explains. “At the same time, a prime contractor can use releases to its advantage—requiring a subcontractor to sign releases during performance and at contract closeout. These releases can be used to easily defeat subsequent subcontractor claims if a dispute arises. Contractors should be familiar with releases in both contexts and use this knowledge to make releases work to their advantage.”

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