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AM. U. L. Rev.
In recent years, both the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit and the United States Supreme Court have addressed the issue of when (28 U.S.C.) § 1500 bars a plaintiff from maintaining simultaneous suits in a district court and in the Court of Federal Claims. Unfortunately, these efforts have failed either to relax the requirements of § 1500 or to establish conclusively a rule of strict construction. This Article examines the current state of § 1500 in light of these attempts at reconstruction. Part I presents the basic jurisdictional reach of the Court of Federal Claims and of the district courts in suits against the United States and its instrumentalities. Part II analyzes § 1500 and its interpretations in light of recent case law. Part III discusses the problems inherent in current interpretations of § 1500 and suggests the most likely judicial responses. The Article concludes that, because a complete revision or repeal is unlikely, the best way to reduce the inequity and arbitrariness of § 1500 is to grant both district courts and the Court of Federal Claims limited pendent jurisdiction over suits against the government that are normally cognizable only in the other forum.
Kirgis, Paul F., "Section 1500 and the Jurisdictional Pitfalls of Federal Government Litigation" (1997). Faculty Law Review Articles. 129.