BearingPoint v. United States (Department of Interior)
BearingPoint, a global systems integrator, contracted with the U.S. Department of the Interior (DOI) to implement a heavily customized SAP information system for department-wide financial management of eight separate DOI bureaus. When BearingPoint failed to complete the project on schedule, DOI terminated the contract for cause. In response, BearingPoint filed suit against DOI, arguing that the termination of the contract was for convenience because delays resulting from DOI’s ineffective project management practices rendered the timely completion of the project impossible.
DisputeSoft Managing Partner and software failure expert Jeff Parmet prepared both an expert report and rebuttal report on behalf of BearingPoint, which set forth a comprehensive and detailed schedule delay analysis. DisputeSoft’s analysis included determining the causes and excusability of schedule delays and calculating the percentage of the project that had been completed at the time of termination.
The parties reached a settlement agreement under which BearingPoint received a $5 million settlement payment.
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