Severin Doctrine

Severin Doctrine

Definition

Originating from the rule in Severin v. United States Court of Claims, 99 Ct. Cl. 435 (1943), the Severin doctrine states that a prime contractor can only bring a pass-through, or sponsored, claim against the government on behalf of a subcontractor if the contractor is liable to the subcontractor for the damages suffered by the subcontractor because of the government’s conduct.

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