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Steinberg v. United States
United States Court of Federal Claims
90 Fed. Cl. 435 (2009)
The Joint Congressional Committee on Inaugural Ceremonies (JCCIC) distributed 240,000 free tickets for the 2009 presidential inauguration to the general public through congressional offices. The tickets warned attendees “to arrive early due to large crowds.” Attorney Michael Steinberg (plaintiff) contacted his congressperson and a staff member emailed saying he could pick up tickets himself or have someone else pick them up if he supplied contact information. Steinberg picked up his tickets himself, travelled to D.C. with a guest, arrived several hours beforehand and stood in line, but ultimately did not get in to see the inauguration. Steinberg sued the United States to recover his travel expenses under a contract theory, claiming that having to pick up the tickets in person supplied consideration for a valid contract. Steinberg argued that the JCCIC knew many ticket holders would not get in and had a contractual duty to advise him publicly of that fact before he incurred travel expenses. The government moved to dismiss on the ground that Steinberg could not recover for breach of contract. [Ed.’s note: Steinberg also asserted promissory-estoppel claims, but those were omitted from the textbook version of the opinion as a later chapter addresses promissory estoppel.]
Rule of Law
Holding and Reasoning (Hewitt, C.J.)
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