Commercial litigation: Consulting firm, feds in contract battle

The owner of a well-known consulting firm is at odds with the government. The primary owner of Ontario-based Bronson Consulting is embroiled in a commercial litigation lawsuit with the federal government and has had his security clearance revoked as well as being at risk of not being able to vie for future contracts with the feds. He pins his current problems on disputing a contract last year that was awarded to another firm.

The company given the contract -- VF Worldwide -- which won the contract for providing services for visa applicants to Canada, bills the federal government directly for its services. In addition to the $15 million it receives from the government, the firm bills applicants about $80 million a year for these services. In the meantime, Bronson Consulting claims its bid was ranked above any others. The company claims the federal government killed the contest and awarded the contract to VF.

Federal government officials allege they hadn't completed evaluating competitors on the day the contest was cancelled. But Bronson Consulting told the government it wouldn't bill it directly, but would recoup costs from visa applicants themselves, which, the company claims, would have saved about $15 million for Canadian taxpayers. The government relaunched the contest more than a year later -- one Bronson lost to VF.

Commercial litigation cases, at any level, can be complex and perplexing. It may be helpful in these cases to have an Ontario lawyer experienced in business law, to weigh in on the matter. A lawyer experienced in these cases will have in-depth knowledge of the workings of business and the many legal issues that could arise in this area.    

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