Technology and Supply Management, LLC v. Johnson Controls Building Automation Systems, LLC et al
MEMORANDUM DECISION AND ORDER. ORDERED that judgment be ENTERED as follows: 1. in favor of Defendant Johnson Controls Building Automation Systems, LLC and against Plaintiff Technology and Supply Management, LLC on Counts I-II of the Complaint; 2. i n favor of Defendants Johnson Controls Building Automation Systems, LLC Johnson Controls Federal Systems, Inc., and Johnson Controls, Inc. and against Plaintiff Technology and Supply Management, LLC on Counts III and V of Complaint; 3. in favor of C ounterclaimant Johnson Control Building Automation Systems, LLC and against Counterclaim-Defendant Technology and Supply Management LLC in the amount of $6,599,223 on Count I of the Counterclaim; and 4. in favor of Counterclaim-Defendant Technology and Supply Management, LLC and against Counterclaimant Johnson Controls Building Automation Systems, LLC on Count II of the Counterclaim. Signed by District Judge Anthony J Trenga on 7/28/2017. (rban, )
IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
FOR THE EASTERN DISTRICT OF VIRGINIA
TECHNOLOGY AND SUPPLY
JOHNSON CONTROLS BUILDING
AUTOMATION SYSTEMS, LLC, et al., )
Civil Action No. 1:16-cv-303 (AJT/MSN)
MEMORANDUM OF DECISION AND ORDER
This government procurement, diversity case arises out of a subcontract (the
“Subcontract”) between Plaintiff/Counterclaim Defendant Technology and Supply Management,
LLC (“TaSM”) and Defendant/Counterclaimant Johnson Controls Building Automation
Systems, LLC (“JCBAS”). Under the Subcontract, JCBAS was to provide the materials
necessary to assemble onsite at Camp Buehring, Kuwait, energy efficient shelters that TaSM was
obligated to deliver under its prime contract with the Army. TaSM terminated the Subcontract
for default on December 3, 2014 and filed this action on March 18, 2016 against JCBAS and its
affiliates, Johnson Controls Federal Systems, Inc. (“JCFS”) and Johnson Controls, Inc. (“JCI”)
(collectively, “Johnson” or “Defendants”). TaSM’s claims against Defendants are (1) breach of
the Subcontract against JCBAS (Count I), (2) breach of warranty against JCBAS (Count II), (3)
tortious interference with business expectancy against JCBAS, JCFS, and JCI (Count III), and
(4) fraud against JCBAS, JCFS, and JCI (Count V).1 JCBAS asserts a Counterclaim against
TaSM for (1) breach of the Subcontract (Count I), and (2) breach of the implied covenant of
good faith and fair dealing (Count II). The case was tried without a jury on January 10-12 and
17-18, 2017, with closing arguments on February 1, 2017.
Based on the Court’s assessment of the evidence presented, the Court finds (1) in favor of
JCBAS on Counts I and II of the Complaint; and (2) in favor of JCBAS, JCFS, and JCI on
Counts III and V of the Complaint. As to the Counterclaim, the Court finds (1) in favor of
JCBAS on Count I of the Counterclaim for breach of the Subcontract and awards damages in the
amount of $6,599,223; and (2) in favor of TaSM on Count II of the Counterclaim for breach of
the implied covenant of good faith and fair dealing. Based on these findings, the Court will enter
judgment in favor of JCBAS and against TaSM in the amount of $6,599,223. In support of this
verdict, the Court issues the following findings of fact and conclusions of law pursuant to
Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 52(a).
FINDINGS OF FACT AND CONCLUSIONS OF LAW
A. Findings of Fact
Based on all the evidence presented at trial, including the Court’s assessment of the
credibility of witnesses and the weight to be given each piece of evidence, the Court finds as
1. TaSM is a Virginia limited liability company owned by Joseph Lopez, Stephen Loftus,
William Jonas, and Marina Burgstahler, who also serves as TaSM’s Chief Operating Officer.
None of TaSM’s members are citizens of Delaware, Maryland, or Wisconsin.
On January 4, 2017, the Court dismissed on summary judgment TaSM’s Count IV against Defendants JCFS and
JCI for tortious interference with contract [Doc. No. 136].
2. JCBAS is a Delaware limited liability company. JCBAS’ sole member is JCFS, a Delaware
corporation with its principal place of business in Gaithersburg, Maryland. Both JCBAS and
JCFS are wholly owned subsidiaries of JCI, a Wisconsin corporation with its principal place
of business in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
3. On or about October 12, 2012, the U.S. Department of the Army (the “Army”) issued
Request for Proposals No. W15QKN-12-R-0070 (the “RFP”), seeking goods and services in
support of the Army’s Kuwait Energy Efficiency Project (“KEEP”). The objective of the
RFP was to procure energy-efficient, rigid-walled, relocatable shelters for Camp Buehring,
Kuwait (“KEEP shelters”).
4. The RFP was issued as a small business “set-aside,” to be awarded only to a company that
qualified as a small business under federal regulations.
5. Johnson had worked with two other companies, Insolutions and Premium Steel, to develop a
modular energy efficient structure (“MEES”) that could be used by the United States Military
in projects like KEEP; and after the release of the RFP, JCBAS proposed to TaSM that
TaSM submit a bid as the prime contractor, with JCBAS as its subcontractor. TaSM agreed
to this proposal; and TaSM submitted a response to the RFP that included a technical volume
drafted by JCBAS with some revisions by TaSM.
6. On or about September 27, 2013, the Army selected TaSM as the prime contractor and
awarded TaSM Contract No. W15QKN-D-0113 (the “Prime Contract”), a Firm-Fixed-Price
Indefinite-Delivery/Indefinite-Quantity Agreement with a minimum guaranteed value of $10
million, a total ceiling value of $29,429,017, and a two-year period of performance.2
The Army initially selected TaSM as the prime contractor and awarded it a prime contract for KEEP around March
15, 2013, following which multiple other competing companies protested the award, causing the Army to cancel
TaSM’s award, amend the solicitation, and receive revised proposals from each of the original bidders. TaSM
7. The Prime Contract provided that the Army would procure one- and two-story KEEP shelters
and related services through delivery orders to the extent of the Army’s need during the
period of performance. The Army placed Delivery Order 0001 under the Prime Contract
when it issued the Prime Contract.
Under Delivery Order 0001, TaSM was obligated to deliver to the Army at Camp Buehring,
Kuwait, 72 two-story, fully assembled KEEP shelters for a total cost of $14,880,593.52. Six
of the two-story KEEP shelters were to be “ganged” together to make a single building (a
“KEEP building”); and Delivery Order 0001 therefore consisted of twelve KEEP buildings.
9. On February 17, 2014, after the Army authorized TaSM to resume work under the Prime
Contract,3 the Army and TaSM entered into Modification 01 to Delivery Order 0001, which
established a delivery and progress-payment schedule. Under this schedule, TaSM’s
assembly and the Army’s acceptance of the KEEP buildings in Kuwait was to be completed
on a rolling basis starting on September 4, 2014, with the first six KEEP buildings assembled
and accepted by October 27, 2014 and all twelve KEEP buildings assembled and accepted by
December 15, 2014.
10. The Army’s progress payments to TaSM under the Prime Contract were based on TaSM’s
satisfying certain milestones. Based on those milestones, the Army’s first payment of
$561,825 (3.78% of Delivery Order 0001) was scheduled to occur upon ATEC inspection
and certification on May 26, 2014. The next payment of $948,366 (6.37% of Delivery Order
0001) was scheduled to occur upon arrival of the material for the first six two-story KEEP
shelters to the port in Norfolk, Virginia, on June 2, 2014. Thereafter, payments of roughly
submitted a revised proposal on June 13, 2013 (with a revised technical volume again drafted by JCBAS with some
revisions by TaSM).
The Army received another protest on October 16, 2013 and instructed TaSM to stop work on the Prime Contract
and Delivery Order 0001. The Army authorized TaSM to resume work around January 13, 2014.
7.5% of Delivery Order 0001 were scheduled to occur as certain materials for the two-story
KEEP shelters arrived at the Norfolk port, with the last of these materials scheduled to arrive
at the port by August 18, 2014, at which time the Army was scheduled to have paid TaSM
approximately 77% of Delivery Order 0001, or approximately $11,500,000. The Army was
then scheduled to pay TaSM approximately $280,000 (1.89% of Delivery Order 0001) upon
completion and acceptance of each KEEP building in Kuwait. Thus, the payment scheduled
contemplated that TaSM would receive full payment of the Prime Contract Delivery Order
0001 price, $14,880,593.52, by December 15, 2014, the date by which the Army was
scheduled to accept the last KEEP building.
11. On February 11, 2014, TaSM and JCBAS entered into a Firm-Fixed-Price IndefiniteDelivery/Indefinite-Quantity Subcontract Agreement, Subcontract No. W15KQN-13JCBAS-1013 (the “Subcontract”), with an effective date of February 7, 2014, under which
JCBAS was to perform certain work required by the Prime Contract. Briefly summarized,
JCBAS was responsible for manufacturing the two-story KEEP shelters, packing their
components into shipping containers, tendering delivery of the containers to TaSM at
JCBAS’ facility in Dublin, Virginia, and training TaSM personnel in Virginia and Kuwait on
assembling the two-story KEEP shelters. TaSM was responsible for shipping the containers
from Dublin, Virginia, to Camp Buehring, Kuwait, and assembling the two-story KEEP
shelters onsite at Camp Buehring. TaSM, as the prime contractor, was also the point of
contact with the Army for KEEP.
12. As with the Prime Contract, the Subcontract itself did not direct that any specific goods or
services be provided. Rather, TaSM was required to issue delivery orders to JCBAS for
13. Reflecting the scope of Prime Contract Delivery Order 0001, TaSM issued Subcontract
Delivery Order 1 (“DO1”) for 72 two-story KEEP shelters, with a firm-fixed price of
$174,000 each, for a total DO1 price of $12,528,000. Although DO1 had an effective date of
March 28, 2014, JCBAS did not execute DO1 until April 30, 2014, and TaSM did not
execute DO1 until May 23, 2014, approximately three weeks later. However, JCBAS and
TaSM began performing under the Subcontract and DO1 before their respective executions
14. DO1 included a Statement of Work (the “SOW”), which incorporated the June 5, 2013 KEEP
Performance Work Statement (the “PWS”). It also incorporated the June 12, 2013 Technical
Proposal submitted to the Army (the “Technical Proposal”) as well as the responses to the
Army’s Evaluation Notices that followed. These documents included more detailed
Subcontract requirements. For example, the SOW provided that JCBAS would provide in its
shipment the tools required to assemble the shelters (although as TaSM recognized in April
2014, “material handling equipment” was TaSM’s responsibility). The Technical Proposal
provided that a two-story KEEP shelter could be assembled in three days by a four-person
installation team consisting of three low-level workers and one more experienced worker;
and that TaSM would have at least three of these installation teams (and potentially up to 10
teams under an expedited schedule), two supervisors onsite to unload the equipment, stage
the assembly site, and manage the installation teams, and a “site lead” to oversee the project.
15. DO1 incorporated a payment schedule based on milestones that corresponded to that in the
Prime Contract. Thus, when the Army paid a certain percentage of Prime Contract Delivery
Order 0001’s value for a particular milestone, TaSM was to pay JCBAS the same percentage
of Subcontract DO1’s value. Under the Subcontract, JCBAS was to invoice TaSM based on
the dates set for those milestones (viz., ATEC inspection; delivery of shelter materials to the
port in Norfolk, Virginia; and post-assembly-and-inspection acceptance by the Army in
Kuwait). TaSM’s payments to JCBAS under Subcontract were to be made five to seven
business days after the Army paid TaSM under the Prime Contract.
16. Relevant portions of the Subcontract are listed in Appendix A to this Memorandum of
Decision and Order and include, inter alia, provisions on “Warranty,”
“Inspection/Acceptance,” “Acceptance criteria,” “Packaging,” “Termination,”
“Documentation and Manuals,” and “Training support.”
Neopor / Styropor4
17. Neopor is the brand name for the insulating material, expanded polystyrene (“EPS”),
manufactured by BASF. Styropor is a generic EPS that is similar to Neopor. The Prime
Contract does not specifically require that Neopor be used instead of Styropor. However, the
Technical Proposal, incorporated into the Subcontract through DO1’s SOW, specifically
identifies Neopor as the material to be used in “wall, floor and roof . . . panels” of the shelter.
18. Initially, in mid-2013 when JCBAS drafted the Technical Proposal and its pricing proposal to
TaSM, JCBAS intended to use Neopor in all the panels of the KEEP shelters and priced its
services to TaSM based on this assumption. At this time, the price proposal of Premium
Also pending is TaSM’s Motion to Expand the Trial Record [Doc. No. 182] with respect to certain notes from a
March 28, 2014 design review meeting between TaSM and JCBAS that may have included discussion about the use
of Styropor. The Court hereby grants this motion and has considered the supplemental evidence TaSM submitted.
Steel, the subcontractor which manufactured the panels for JCBAS, was also based on the
use of Neopor in all the panels.
19. Around late 2013 or early 2014, JCBAS learned that, due to a possible supply shortage, the
amount of Neopor necessary for production of the panels under the Subcontract and DO1
might not be available; and JCBAS instructed Premium Steel to calculate its final pricing for
the panels based on the use of Styropor, without amending its proposal to TaSM.
20. On February 14, 2014, JCBAS requested that TaSM approve the use of Styropor instead of
Neopor in the panels, citing the lack of material availability and potential production delays
by using Neopor. TaSM, in turn, made that substitution request to the Army on March 4,
2014, but withdrew it on March 12 after TaSM concluded that Neopor performed better than
Styropor and that the necessary quantities of Neopor were available. However, by March 31,
2014, TaSM recognized that there was a supply shortage of Neopor that would likely delay
production of the panels and requested that the Army delay the ATEC inspection for that
21. Notwithstanding the lack of any approvals to use Styropor instead of Neopor, JCBAS
decided around mid-March 2014 to use Neopor only in the exterior panels and Styropor in
the interior wall panels. In late March, JCBAS paid Premium Steel the additional $31,050
that it cost to use Neopor instead of Styropor in all the exterior wall, floor, and roof panels
(but not the interior panels).
22. By July 2014, at the latest, TaSM had learned that Styropor had been used to manufacture the
interior wall panels; and TaSM and JCBAS renewed their request to the Army to use
Styropor (this time only in the interior panels). The Army accepted this substitution on July
28, 2014, without requiring any form of compensation or consideration in return.
First Cure Notice
23. The working relationship between TaSM and JCBAS quickly hit rough waters. On April 30,
2014, the same day that JCBAS signed DO1 and approximately three weeks before TaSM
signed DO1, TaSM issued the first cure notice to JCBAS (the “First Cure Notice”). The First
Cure Notice stated that JCBAS had not timely provided requested data and had missed
meetings with TaSM and the Army. Even though it had not yet signed DO1, which was
required to secure work under the Subcontract, TaSM advised JCBAS that it would terminate
JCBAS for default if JCBAS did not remedy the conditions within seven days.
24. On May 5, 2014, JCBAS responded to the First Cure Notice. In its response, JCBAS
informed TaSM that it would assign an additional person to the project, Charlie Carter, to
ensure adequate attendance at meetings and timely communications. TaSM found JCBAS’
response acceptable; and on May 19, 2014, TaSM canceled the First Cure Notice.
ATEC Building Inspection
25. As part of the SOW, JCBAS was required to produce and assemble in Dublin, Virginia, for
inspection by the Army Test and Evaluation Command (“ATEC”), three “ganged together”
two-story KEEP shelters (i.e., half of one of the six-shelter KEEP buildings) (the “ATEC
building”). After the Army’s initial inspection, JCBAS was to make all corrections required
to receive ATEC certification. The ATEC building was to remain in Dublin, Virginia, for
training purposes after certification, eventually to be disassembled and sent to Kuwait for
reassembly as one half of the twelfth and final KEEP building under DO1.
26. The ATEC inspection was initially scheduled for May 15, 2014. Due to JCBAS’ inability to
secure certain materials to manufacture the shelters, that inspection was first delayed until
May 22, 2014, and then postponed again to June 3, 2014. In the three weeks leading up to
the June 3, 2014 inspection, JCBAS and its subcontractor Premium Steel5 assembled the
ATEC building at JCBAS’ facility in Dublin, Virginia.
27. Several TaSM personnel were onsite in Dublin, Virginia, during the assembly of the ATEC
building, including Donnie Munro, who was present for the entire three-week assembly
process, and Eddie Perez who was present during portions of the assembly. As part of the
assembly, panel skins were attached to the panels containing both Neopor, which presented
as a gray color, and Styropor, which presented as a white color. TaSM personnel present
observed panels with both Neopor and Styropor before the skins were attached.
28. Although the ATEC building was not completely assembled, the Army inspected the
building on June 3, 2014 and then sent TaSM its preliminary findings, which contained a
number of issues that needed to be addressed. TaSM forwarded those issues to JCBAS on
June 16, 2014; and on June 17, 2014, JCBAS responded to TaSM with a plan to address the
29. On October 1, 2014, the Army sent TaSM the final ATEC inspection report, dated September
25, 2014, which concluded that the shelters passed the inspection, although the report noted
that “this Safety Confirmation is based on the assertion that Soldiers will not setup, maintain,
or teardown the KEEP MEES.” Def. Ex. 151. TaSM sent JCBAS this report on October 29,
Performance Following the ATEC Inspection
30. On June 25, 2014 (rather than June 2, 2014, as projected under the Prime Contract), JCBAS
delivered to TaSM in Dublin, Virginia, the first containers of two-story KEEP shelter
Premium Steel had been involved in the MEES design, held patents on certain aspects of the shelter technology,
and manufactured the panels that made up the roof, floor, and wall panels of the two-story KEEP shelters.
materials, which TaSM then shipped to Kuwait by way of the port in Norfolk, Virginia.6
31. The containers that JCBAS delivered to TaSM for shipment deviated from the packaging
requirements outlined in the Subcontract and otherwise presented problems for TaSM.
Specifically, because of delays in the supply of “skins” for the shelter panels, JCBAS did not
package a single two-story KEEP shelter into two containers. The early shipments also
contained packing lists that did not plainly describe the contents of the containers. The
materials in JCBAS’ early shipments also were not palletized, or were insufficiently
palletized, and were not sufficiently secured for the sea voyage to Kuwait, which caused
damage to some components. As a result, TaSM had to spend more time in Kuwait than
would have otherwise been required for unloading, identifying, and sorting the materials that
arrived in the containers. For example, some support beams had to be unloaded by hand, and
TaSM employees had to reconcile multiple packing lists to determine the type and quantity
of components in each shipment. JCBAS and TaSM eventually developed a matching
system that helped streamline the identification and tracking of container contents in later
shipments; and JCBAS corrected the palletizing issues.
32. On July 16, 2014, TaSM issued to JCBAS a notice of costs and damages and, the following
day, a second cure notice (the “Second Cure Notice”). Both documents outlined how TaSM
considered JCBAS out of compliance with the Subcontract, including JCBAS’ use of
Styropor in the interior walls; delays and deviation from the shipment schedule; not shipping
KEEP building three in a single shipment; not providing detailed shipping documents; not
providing all of the tools necessary to assemble the two-story KEEP shelters; not allowing a
Certain subcontractors and second-tier subcontractors played significant roles for both TaSM and JCBAS in the
packaging and shipping process. JCBAS’ subcontractor, The Burnell Group, was involved with packaging the twostory KEEP shelter materials into the shipping containers. Zust Bachmeier (“Zust”) served as TaSM’s shipping
subcontractor. Zust engaged trucking company IMS Transport to pick up the containers from JCBAS’ facility in
Dublin, Virginia, and transport them to the port in Norfolk, Virginia, to be loaded on a ship for Kuwait.
TaSM quality control representative onsite at JCBAS’ facility; and not completing the ATEC
building for inspection. The Second Cure Notice demanded that JCBAS remedy the
deficiencies within seven days, allow TaSM to place a quality assurance employee at the
Virginia facility, and compensate TaSM for the costs incurred as a result of the asserted
33. Around July 24, 2014, the parties met in-person to discuss a resolution of the issues
identified in the Second Cure Notice. They subsequently disputed whether an oral agreement
was reached at that meeting for the purpose of lifting the Second Cure Notice; but on July 25,
2014, TaSM, through its general counsel, emailed JCBAS a proposed written agreement with
terms and conditions for lifting the Second Cure Notice. That proposed written agreement
states, inter alia:
3. Johnson shall provide all tools required for the assembly of the buildings. Johnson
shall provide sufficient tool [sic] for the installation teams to erect the buildings. . . .
7. Costs incurred by TaSM due to the delays of Johnson shall be borne by Johnson. This
a. Costs due to only shipping 5 days per week instead of the agreed upon 6 days per
week. This cost is $51,140.00.
b. Costs due to TaSM having to cancel shipments after the shipment had been
scheduled and received extremely late or no notice that the shipments weren’t ready.
This cost is $5,000.00.
c. Costs of having to provide tools if #3 is not agreed to. This cost is $56,918.68.
d. Costs of having to replace the interior panels made with Styropor if the government
will not accept the Styropor panels. If the government requires compensation in
exchange for accepting the Styropor panels, Johnson will be required to reimburse the
Pl. Ex. 184.
34. JCBAS did not respond specifically to this proposed agreement but did dispute that JCBAS
had breached the Subcontract as claimed in the Second Cure Notice. In turn, on August 1,
2014, TaSM notified JCBAS that the cure period had expired; that because JCBAS failed to
comply with the requirements of the Second Cure Notice, it would not be lifted; and that the
Subcontract was subject to termination at any time. On August 8, 2014, JCBAS again
disputed that it had breached the Subcontract.
35. Although TaSM never officially lifted the Second Cure Notice, the parties continued to work
together to deliver and assemble the shelters. For approximately three weeks in late August
and early September 2014, JCBAS and Premium Steel representatives went to Camp
Buehring, Kuwait, to train TaSM and its labor force on how to assemble the KEEP buildings.
In addition to three TaSM employees (Eddie Perez, Donnie Munro, and Carlos Viera), about
a dozen technically unskilled Kuwaiti nationals hired by TaSM (known as “TCNs”) also
received training. By the time the training was completed, approximately 75% of the first
KEEP building (consisting of six two-story KEEP shelters) had been completed.
36. By early September 2014, JCBAS had delivered to TaSM 92 containers with substantially all
of the required materials for 36 two-story KEEP shelters as well as some additional materials
for the final 36 shelters.
37. Following the training, disputes continued between TaSM and JCBAS concerning the length,
quality, and thoroughness of training, including specifically the adequacy of the training with
respect to the installation of certain aspects of the roofs, doors, electrical equipment, and fire
38. During its assembly of the first 36 two-story KEEP shelters, TaSM experienced assembly
difficulties in the following respects:
a. Unloading, sorting, and tracking the materials from the containers.
b. Assembling the two-story KEEP shelters with unskilled laborers with minimal hand
tools; and the lack of all tools required to assemble the shelters in the shipments.
c. Properly connecting the panels to the support beams (referred to as trusses or I-beams),
which TaSM contended were cut to incorrect lengths, but which JCBAS contended were
actually cut to correct lengths, given that the shelters were designed with certain spaces
between panels, as reflected in updated drawings JCBAS provided to TaSM in September
d. Sealing the exterior seams between certain panels, which were to be covered with a metal
bracket and then covered with VentureClad tape, and the interior seams, which were to be
covered with adhesive t-astragals. Eventually, due to the heat in Kuwait, some of these
metal brackets covering the exterior seams buckled, pulling away from the shelter and
unpeeling the tape used to seal the seam. Similarly, some of the t-astragals used to seal
the interior seams in the shelters were adversely affected by the Kuwaiti environment and
would not attach to the interior side of the panels. TaSM found inadequate the JCBASprovided procedures and/or products to fix these sealing issues.
e. Addressing the effects of oxidized floor panels, which had severe discoloration but no
f. Installing the electrical equipment because of, among other issues, wire lengths.
39. On September 10, 2014, following JCBAS and Premium Steel’s training trip, TaSM sent
JCBAS a stop work order that directed JCBAS to cease work on the project, citing various
alleged performance deficiencies and technical problems with the shelters (the “Stop Work
Order”). The Stop Work Order also informed JCBAS that it would not receive any payments
while work was stopped. Questioning why TaSM had failed to raise these issues sooner,
JCBAS disputed TaSM’s ability to issue such an order and to withhold payment on that
basis. JCBAS also provided responses to each of the technical deficiencies raised in the Stop
40. In an effort to resolve the issues raised in the Stop Work Order, the parties exchanged
correspondence and, with Premium Steel representatives, participated in conference calls.
But these efforts did not resolve all of the issues. In two letters sent September 24, 2014,
TaSM gave JCBAS until September 30, 2014 to provide certain written assurances, without
which TaSM would terminate the Subcontract.
41. On October 7, 2014, following another response from JCBAS, TaSM informed JCBAS that
the Stop Work Order remained in place.
42. On October 15, 2014, TaSM sent JCBAS a letter provisionally lifting the Stop Work Order
on two conditions: (1) that JCBAS correct, fix, or replace all problems under the Subcontract
within forty-five days of October 16, 2014; and (2) that JCBAS ensure that a representative
of its subcontractor Premium Steel be onsite in Kuwait at all times until the two-story KEEP
shelters were fully completed and accepted by the Army.
43. On October 16, 2014, JCBAS committed to correcting, fixing, or replacing the problems with
the two-story KEEP shelters to the satisfaction of TaSM and the Army within forty-five days.
It also advised TaSM that representatives from JCBAS and Premium Steel would be
“available for immediate return to the [Kuwait]” to ensure these fixes, although Premium
Steel would not be “available for continuous representation in Kuwait in support of this
project.” Pl. Ex. 251. In addition to JCBAS’ formal response, on October 16, 2014, JCBAS’
Charlie Carter emailed TaSM to explain that Juan Lozano, JCBAS’ fire alarm system expert,
was available to return to Kuwait immediately, and that Premium Steel’s Danny Feazell
would return as soon as his prior travel and work schedule allowed. He also advised TaSM
that he would travel back to Kuwait the first week of November.
44. Following JCBAS’ response, TaSM reassessed how to proceed in order to complete the
shelters. Rather than working with JCBAS as TaSM had outlined in its October 15, 2014
letter to JCBAS provisionally lifting the Stop Work Order, TaSM, through its Chief
Operating Officer, Marina Burgstahler, informed the Army in an October 19, 2014 email that
TaSM planned to instruct JCBAS to ship all the remaining materials under the Subcontract
and DO1, but thereafter TaSM would fix and assemble the shelters in Kuwait without
45. Following through on this action plan, on October 20, 2014, TaSM sent JCBAS another letter
(dated October 17, 2014) that (1) officially lifted the Stop Work Order; (2) directed JCBAS
to “package and prepare for shipment all of the materials for all of the structures remaining
on the subcontract” and replacement parts; (3) informed JCBAS that “[i]f TaSM requires
JCBAS’s assistance in Kuwait, TaSM shall notify JCBAS in writing two (2) weeks prior to
JCBAS being required in Kuwait”; and (4) directed JCBAS to “provide the information,
regarding the units ready to ship, no later than 4:00 PM Wednesday, October 22, 2014.” Pl.
46. JCBAS responded by letter on the same day, October 20, 2014, agreeing to deliver the
remaining items. Separately on October 20, 2014, Charlie Carter, ostensibly not realizing
that TaSM had changed course, emailed TaSM and the Army regarding the upcoming arrival
dates to Kuwait for Juan Lozano (October 28), and him and Danny Feazell (November 4).
The next day, October 21, 2014, Marina Burghstahler advised Carter that no JCBAS or
Premium Steel employee except Juan Lozano was authorized to be onsite in Kuwait. She
reiterated that TaSM would notify JCBAS two weeks in advance if TaSM required anyone
else from JCBAS onsite in Kuwait and that TaSM “will resolve all issues associated with the
structure from this point forward.” Def. Ex. 193.
47. On October 27, 2014, TaSM directed JCBAS to have all remaining materials to be delivered
under the Subcontract and DO1 ready for pickup in Dublin, Virginia, no later than November
21, 2014. JCBAS confirmed it would do so.
48. JCBAS proceeded as TaSM requested; and by November 25, 2014, TaSM had picked up 51
more containers from JCBAS’ Dublin, Virginia, facility after lifting the Stop Work Order,
bringing the total number of containers that JCBAS delivered to TaSM under the Subcontract
and DO1 to 143. These 51 containers included all materials that JCBAS was to provide
under the Subcontract and DO1.7 Contrary to TaSM’s claim, JCBAS did not fail to tender
deliver of these containers by the agreed-upon date of November 21, 2014.8
49. On December 1, 2014, the final containers with JCBAS materials left the port in Norfolk on a
ship bound for Kuwait. Id.
50. The next day, December 2, 2014, with the last of the two-story KEEP shelters on their way to
Kuwait by sea, TaSM informed the Army that TaSM intended to terminate JCBAS and use
While the parties originally anticipated that all materials under the Subcontract and DO1 would be shipped in 144
containers, the materials ultimately required only 143 containers, as confirmed in a November 19, 2014 email from
The Burnell Group, see Pl. Ex. 297 (“143 containers were needed to ship KEEP DO-1.”), and a December 4, 2014
email from TaSM’s Chief Financial Officer, see Def. Ex. 246 (stating that TaSM “ha[s] shipped all the materials that
we have on order from JCI for the 12 shelter [buildings]”).
JCBAS had the containers ready for pick-up by November 21, 2014. However, IMS Transport, the trucking
company working for TaSM (through TaSM’s shipping subcontractor, Zust) did not pick up the last of the
containers until November 25, 2014 due to its schedule. In any event, that delay was inconsequential since IMS
Transport delivered the containers to the port in Norfolk well before the ship’s scheduled departure date of
November 30, 2014; and the ship did not in fact depart until December 1, 2014.
its other subcontractor, IQ, LLC,9 to complete the second 36 two-story KEEP shelters under
the Subcontract and DO1.
51. By letter dated and sent December 3, 2014, TaSM terminated the Subcontract for default
effective immediately and purported to reject, sight unseen, the 51 containers that JCBAS
had just delivered as TaSM directed. In particular, the letter stated: “All containers of
building parts that are currently in transit or that are sitting in Kuwait will be returned by
TaSM to the JCBAS offices. JCBAS will be liable for paying the costs that TaSM incurs in
returning these to JCBAS.” Pl. Ex. 310.
52. The 51 containers arrived in Kuwait; but notwithstanding its stated intention in its
termination notice to return those containers, TaSM did not return the 51 containers or any of
the materials that had previously arrived in Kuwait. Rather, while the final containers were
still in shipment in December 2014, TaSM had decided to use from these last JCBAS
shipments at least the stairs, stair extensions, fire escapes, fire alarm systems, and paint.
TaSM later decided to use the HVACs and electrical equipment from these shipments as
well. Ultimately, TaSM in fact used tens of thousands of parts from the shipments that
contained the materials for the second 36 two-story KEEP shelters. TaSM also used parts
from these shipments from JCBAS for the single-story KEEP shelters that it was providing at
Camp Buehring under the Prime Contract through its other subcontractor, IQ, LLC. After
TaSM’s selective use of the materials from the shipments that JCBAS had delivered,
including the last 51 containers, there were insufficient materials remaining to assemble a
single two-story KEEP shelter.
TaSM had subcontracted with IQ, LLC, in a separate delivery order under the Prime Contract with respect to
single-story KEEP shelters in Kuwait.
53. TaSM has not identified any defects or nonconformities with respect to the shipments of
materials for the second 36 two-story KEEP shelters; and as of the date on which TaSM
terminated the Subcontract, December 3, 2014, JCBAS had delivered all materials ordered
under the Subcontract and DO1.
54. As of December 4, 2014, the day after termination, TaSM determined that: (1) JCBAS had
delivered all the materials due under the Subcontract; (2) TaSM had completed assembly of
three KEEP buildings, although they had not been inspected or accepted by the Army; and
(3) TaSM’s total cost through November 2014 in assembling those KEEP buildings was
$491,388, consisting of direct labor costs of $228,110, travel costs of $87,781, and other
direct costs of $175,497, some which TaSM believed were attributable to JCBAS’
55. By approximately March 13, 2015, TaSM had substantially completed the first six KEEP
buildings but could not test the fire alarm systems because the Army had not yet connected
communication lines to Pad 9 at Camp Buehring, the location of the two-story KEEP
shelters.10 Those communication lines were eventually established.
56. On June 13, 2015, the Army accepted, without any qualification or reservation as to any
deficiencies, the first six KEEP buildings that were assembled by TaSM with the materials
provided by JCBAS.
57. The Army’s acceptance of the first six KEEP buildings was delayed because of the Army’s
delay in establishing power and communication lines to Pad 9.
The Army experienced delays in getting power and communication lines to certain areas of Camp Buehring,
including Pad 9. Power lines reached the first six KEEP buildings around March 8 or 9, 2015, which allowed TaSM
to test the HVACs and electrical equipment, as required, but TaSM could not test the fire alarm systems, as required,
until the communication lines reached the KEEP buildings.
58. Following the Army’s acceptance of the first six KEEP buildings, TaSM had no further
maintenance or other obligations with respect to those structures, other than under the
Orders and Payments Under the Prime Contract and the Subcontract
59. On August 6, 2014, JCBAS invoiced TaSM for the first milestone (ATEC inspection and
certification). Throughout August 2014, JCBAS invoiced TaSM for the shipped two-story
KEEP shelters based on the milestone payments set forth in the Prime Contract and
Subcontract. By August 29, 2017, JCBAS had submitted seven invoices to TaSM, totaling
$5,928,777, consisting of milestone payments for the ATEC inspection and for the delivery
of 34 two-story KEEP shelters. On October 6, 2014, JCBAS issued another invoice for
$931,474 to TaSM for the delivery of another seven two-story KEEP shelters, bringing to
$6,860,251 the total amount JCBAS had invoiced TaSM.
60. On September 9, 2014, the Army paid TaSM $2,616,554 for the first three milestones under
Prime Contract Delivery Order 0001—the ATEC inspection and delivery of 13 two-story
KEEP shelters to the port in Norfolk, Virginia. The following day, September 10, 2014 (the
same day TaSM issued the Stop Work Order to JCBAS), the Army paid TaSM another
$2,212,785 for two more milestones (the delivery of 14 more two-story KEEP shelters). By
September 30, 2014, the Army had paid TaSM a total of $7,042,123 under Prime Contract
Delivery Order 0001, consisting of milestone payments for the ATEC inspection and
delivery of 34 two-story KEEP shelters.
61. TaSM lifted the Stop Work Order on October 20, 2014, but by late-October 2014, had not
paid JCBAS anything under the Subcontract. As part of the discussions concerning TaSM’s
lifting the Stop Work Order, JCBAS demanded that TaSM pay the invoices it had submitted
for the completed milestones; and on October 29, 2014, TaSM made its first and only
payment to JCBAS under the Subcontract in the amount of $5,928,777. That payment
constituted the same percentage of the Subcontract price (approximately 47%) that the Army
had paid TaSM with respect to the Prime Contract Delivery Order 0001 price (all of which
TaSM had received by September 30), leaving a balance on JCBAS’ invoices of $931,474.
62. In November 2014, JCBAS issued to TaSM three invoices for the final deliveries it made
under the Subcontract and DO1. These invoices were for $931,474 (on November 19, 2014),
$931,474 (on November 21, 2014), and $970,270 (November 24, 2014). By November 24,
JCBAS had invoiced TaSM a total of $9,693,469, constituting 77% of the value of the
Subcontract for milestone payments with respect to delivery of all 72 two-story KEEP
shelters, $3,764,692 of which remained unpaid. On January 28, 2015, approximately two
months after TaSM terminated the Subcontract, JCBAS issued to TaSM all remaining
invoices contemplated by the Subcontract and DO1, which totaled $2,834,531, bringing the
total amount of its outstanding invoices to $6,599,223.
63. By February 25, 2015, the Army had paid TaSM a total of $11,513,775, approximately 77%
of the Prime Contract, constituting the specified milestone payments through the delivery of
all 72 two-story KEEP shelters under Prime Contract Delivery Order 0001.
64. Despite receiving additional milestone payments from the Army, TaSM refused to pay any
portion of JCBAS’ outstanding invoices totaling $6,599,223.
TaSM’s Prospects for Additional Work from the Army
65. The Army issued a total of six firm-fixed-price delivery orders to TaSM under the Prime
Contract with a total contract price of $18,404,304. By October 10, 2016, the Army had paid
TaSM approximately $16,643,901 of that amount for its work under the Prime Contract.
66. Although the Army’s orders under the Prime Contract had a contract price less than the
permitted “ceiling,” the Army did not issue additional delivery orders to TaSM under the
Prime Contract because the Army had decided that it did not need any more KEEP shelters.
67. In 2015, the Army discussed with TaSM the potential of a “Combined Aid Station” that
would serve as a dental clinic at Camp Beuhring, Kuwait. While the discussions included the
exchange of a statement of work and rough design for the potential structure, the project
never got beyond some conceptual discussion because the Army had neither the money nor a
contract to pursue the project. As a result, the Army’s preliminary interest never
materialized, and the project just fell to the wayside. Johnson was unaware of the Combined
Aid Station project.
68. Johnson did not preclude any economic opportunities that TaSM had with the Army related
to KEEP; and neither Johnson’s actions nor TaSM’s performance with respect to the twostory KEEP shelters influenced the Army’s decision not to order more KEEP shelters or the
Combined Aid Station from TaSM.
TaSM claims damages in the total amount of $7,241,026 as a result of JCBAS’ breaches of
the Subcontract and its warranties.11 That claim consists of the following with respect to the first
36 two-story KEEP shelters:12
Because the Court finds and concludes that TaSM is not entitled to recover for its “cover” with respect to the
second 36 two-story KEEP shelters, it makes no findings as to TaSM’s approximately $3 million in claimed
damages based on its purported re-procurement costs.
In their proposed findings of fact and conclusions of law, the parties have essentially split the relevant
performance of the Subcontract into two categories: the shipping of the materials for the “first” 36 two-story KEEP
shelters and training that occurred before the Stop Work Order on September 10, 2014; and the shipping of the
materials for the “second” 36 two-story KEEP shelters, which occurred between TaSM’s lifting of the Stop Work
Order in October 2014 and TaSM’s termination of the Subcontract on December 3, 2014. While the shipments that
occurred before the Stop Work Order contained more than the materials needed for the first 36 two-story KEEP
a. $3,461,481, consisting of $486,298 for the period before TaSM’s termination of the
Subcontract on December 3, 2014 and $2,975,183 for the period after that termination.
These post-termination damages include approximately $1,329,239 in damages for the
period before the Army’s acceptance of those shelters in June 2015, and the balance of
approximately $1,645,944 for the period after the Army’s acceptance.
b. $100,000, which TaSM claims it incurred in November and December 2016 (without any
pre-trial disclosure of that amount) to fix the leaking roofs on the KEEP buildings
assembled with materials supplied by JCBAS.
69. TaSM’s costs claimed as damages with respect to the first 36 two-story KEEP shelters are
not the costs it incurred because of any defects in JCBAS’ Subcontract performance.
70. TaSM’s claimed damages include costs that TaSM would have incurred even in the absence
of any nonconforming performance on JCBAS’ part.13 By way of example:
a. TaSM’s costs claimed as damages in the category of “materials, tools, and equipment”
include all tools and equipment it purchased or rented in connection with the Prime
Contract Delivery Order 0001, many of which on their face are unconnected to any
nonperformance by JCBAS. For example, the costs in August and September 2014
include $15,400 for a “portable generator”14 and hundreds of dollars in generator fuel and
extension cords, all of which would go to providing power to Pad 9, nothing JCBAS did;
shelters, and the shipments between October and December 2014 therefore contained less than all the materials
needed for the remaining 36 two-story KEEP shelters, the Court has adopted the parties’ approach.
In support of its damages claim, TaSM introduced expert testimony and supporting accounting evidence.
Presently pending is Defendants’ Motion to Strike Portions of Plaintiff’s Damages Expert Testimony and to Exclude
Plaintiff’s Summary Accounting Reports [Doc. No. 187]. As evidenced by the Court’s findings, Defendants have
raised substantial objections to the admissibility of that expert and accounting evidence. The Court concludes,
however, that for the purposes of this bench trial, Defendants’ objections go to the weight to be given that evidence
rather than establishing its inadmissibility under Daubert or any of the other grounds that Defendants have relied on;
and Defendants’ Motion to Strike is therefore denied.
Like certain other purchases that TaSM has claimed as damages, this piece of equipment has a residual value that
extends beyond contract performance, but there is no off-setting credit.
and “safety glasses,” a “wet/dry vacuum,” “leather palm gloves,” “hand soap,” a “first aid
kit,” “headlamps,” and “OSHA Safety 30 Hour Training,” although JCBAS was at most
obligated to provide tools required for assembly, not any and every item used in
connection with assembly. TaSM also claims hundreds of thousands of dollars in
equipment rentals without any description beyond “rental of material handling
eq[uipment],” “equipment rental,” or the like. Those few rental charges with more
detailed descriptions indicate that equipment rented included forklifts, which TaSM
acknowledged were its responsibility.15 One of the more obvious misplaced costs
claimed as damages in this category is more than $100,000 for materials purchased in
March-April 2015 from Evia Operations S.a.R.L.—one of the subcontractors TaSM used
for its single-story KEEP shelters and to obtain materials as part of its “cover” for the
second 36 two-story KEEP shelters. Similarly, claimed as damages are materials
described as being for Pad 8 and Pad 9, although Pad 8 is the location of the single-story
KEEP shelters, with which JCBAS had no involvement.
b. TaSM’s pre-termination labor and travel costs claimed as damages include direct labor
charges for Donnie Monroe, a TaSM supervisor assigned to KEEP from the outset, as
early as June 2014, before any assembly problems would have materialized, and travel
expenses for Mr. Munro as early as March 2014, before JCBAS or TaSM had even
executed DO1, and in August 2014, a period when Mr. Munro traveled to Kuwait to
participate in the contractually required training from JCBAS in Kuwait. TaSM also
JCBAS was only obligated to provide the tools required to assemble the shelters, not, as TaSM recognized in
April 2014, “material handling equipment.” Indeed, TaSM contended that JCBAS’ failure to palletize the materials
increased TaSM’s difficulty in moving the materials because they could not be easily lifted with a forklift. Thus,
TaSM would have needed to obtain at least some heavy equipment like forklifts in any event. Even assuming
JCBAS’ nonconforming performance caused TaSM to rent some heavy equipment, the Court is unable to identify
that equipment and its cost.
includes in its claimed pre-termination damages direct labor costs for additional
personnel. But under the Subcontract, TaSM was required to have multiple supervisors
onsite in Kuwait through December 2014; and TaSM has not shown that it incurred any
expense with respect to additional personnel as a result of JCBAS’ nonconforming
performance. In that regard, TaSM has not identified those individuals who occupied the
various supervisor roles delineated in the Subcontract or explained with sufficient detail
why other individuals were brought onto the project over-and-above those contemplated
c. As TaSM confirmed at trial, TaSM has claimed as damages all of the labor and travel
costs it incurred after December 2014, the scheduled completion date.16 But a wide range
of events and decisions in this first-of-its-kind project in a challenging environment
impacted the project’s schedule and costs. Those cost-impacting events and decisions
included, without limitation, TaSM’s Stop Work Order, Ramadan, the lack of necessary
power and communication lines (attributable to the Army), TaSM’s own inefficiencies
and learning curve, the skill levels of TaSM’s onsite work force, TaSM’s decision to
forego JCBAS’ onsite assistance after October 2014, and TaSM’s own project
management, such as the allocation of its own work force between the first 36 two-story
KEEP shelters, the second 36 two-story KEEP shelters, and the one-story KEEP shelters
that TaSM was providing through IQ, LLC, not JCBAS. As an example of the costallocation issues raised by TaSM’s claimed damages, TaSM allocated all of Eddie
Because completion of the Subcontract was initially scheduled for December 2014, TaSM established “cure
codes” around January 2015 and allocated to those codes the costs it incurred thereafter in its performance under
Prime Contract Delivery Order 0001. Again, TaSM makes no attempt to meaningfully connect the costs that were
allocated to those cure codes to JCBAS’ nonconforming performance with respect to the first 36 two-story KEEP
shelters; and the Court, based on its assessment of the evidence, cannot determine without speculating how much of
that total cost was in fact caused by JCBAS’ nonconforming performance.
Perez’s time from January to June 2015 to the first 36 two-story KEEP shelters, when the
evidence shows that he was also involved with work pertaining to the second 36 twostory KEEP shelters during that same period.
d. TaSM’s post-termination costs claimed as damages include the amount of approximately
$1,645,944 for the period after the Army’s acceptance in June 2015.17 But the Army’s
acceptance of the first 36 two-story KEEP shelters in June 2015 relieved JCBAS of
responsibility for the shelters, except under applicable warranties. TaSM notified JCBAS
about JCBAS’ liability for only one potential warranty issue with respect to those
completed shelters, a resealing issue.18 However, TaSM has not identified what portion
of the more than $1.6 million in damages claimed for this period were for this resealing
issue. Similarly, TaSM failed to disclose as required (or sufficiently document) the
additional cost of $100,000 purportedly incurred around November and December 2016
in connection with this resealing issue.
71. Overall, TaSM did not identify the costs that it incurred performing under the Subcontract
other than those that it attributes to JCBAS’ deficiencies. Nor has TaSM identified its total
actual costs in assembling the first 36 two-story KEEP shelters, as compared to what it
should have cost without any of the alleged defects in JCBAS’ performance.19 Likewise,
These damages consist of expenses in fixing the first six KEEP buildings and include $410,828 in labor costs,
$509,701 in per diem and travel costs, $343,406 in third-party labor costs, and $382,008 in material, tool, and
The issue pertaining to VentureClad tape used to seal the two-story KEEP shelters had arisen previously, preacceptance and pre-termination, although it had not yet been fully remedied. TaSM did not raise the postacceptance tape failure until November 2015, six months after the buildings were accepted in June 2015.
Ultimately, the two-story KEEP shelters were resealed by covering the joints with fiberglass material, then mulehide tape, and painting a rubber coating material over them.
The evidence that closest approximates a total actual cost for a given period that the Court was able to identify is
the sum of $491,388 that TaSM determined on December 4, 2014 it had incurred in assembling the first 36 twostory KEEP shelters. But TaSM claims that it sustained damages for the period before it terminated the Subcontract
on December 3, 2014 in the substantially equivalent amount of $486,298. The Court recognizes that TaSM’s pre-
TaSM has not identified its total actual costs to perform any particular task actually affected
by JCBAS’ nonperformance, as compared to what it should have cost to perform that
72. In addition to not identifying its actual costs and its “should-have” costs20 with respect to
any particular task that was impacted by JCBAS’ nonperformance, TaSM has not provided
any other evidence from which any reasonable estimate can be made of what additional costs
TaSM incurred as a result of any nonperformance on the part of JCBAS. The net result is the
Court’s inability to determine based on credible, reliable evidence what portion, if any, of
TaSM’s costs claimed as damages were, in fact, incurred as a result of any JCBAS
Conclusions of Law
Based on the findings of fact set forth herein, the Court makes the following conclusions
1. The Court has subject matter and personal jurisdiction to adjudicate this action and the claims
and defenses asserted herein.
termination damages claim of $486,298 includes overhead, fringe, and G&A charges that may not be included in the
amount of $491,388, and that this damages claim excludes at least some labor costs for this period. But these
numbers nevertheless reflect so substantial an overlap in costs between the total cost of assembly for the period
before termination and the amount TaSM attributes to JCBAS’ nonperformance during the same period as to make
its pre-termination damages claim suspect on its face. In any event, the claimed damages for the pre-termination
period include costs not attributable to any JCBAS nonperformance, and the evidence does not allow the Court to
determine the extent to which the claimed damages are, in fact, attributable to JCBAS’ nonperformance.
The difference between the Prime Contract price and the Subcontract price does not provide the basis upon which
to determine what it should have cost TaSM to complete the first 36 two-story KEEP shelters absent any JCBAS’
nonperformance, particularly given TaSM’s failure to account for the wide-ranging impacts on the project from
various sources, including those noted above.
TaSM also asserts that JCBAS breached the Subcontract by contacting the Army about Subcontract terms and
conditions without TaSM’s permission. While JCBAS did contact the Army without TaSM’s permission, TaSM has
failed to claim or prove any contractual damages as a result of those communications.
2. Virginia law governs the Subcontract and applies to this dispute. See Subcontract, ¶ 21.
Virginia’s Uniform Commercial Code (the “Virginia U.C.C.”), Va. Code Ann. §§ 8.2-101 et
seq., governs the contract claims in this dispute because the Subcontract concerned the sale
of goods as defined in the statute. See id. § 8.2-105(1).
TaSM’s and JCBAS’ Contract-Based Claims
TaSM claims that JCBAS breached the Subcontract and its warranties. JCBAS disputes
that it breached the Subcontract or any express or implied warranties; and contends that in any
event, TaSM cannot recover on its breach of contract and breach of warranty claims because (1)
TaSM improperly terminated the Subcontract; (2) TaSM prevented JCBAS from remedying the
alleged defects; (3) JCBAS timely delivered the second 36 two-story KEEP shelters; (5) TaSM
failed to mitigate its damages; and (5) TaSM did not reasonably quantify its damages.
JCBAS claims that TaSM breached the Subcontract by not paying for the materials it
delivered under the Subcontract. TaSM disputes that it breached the Subcontract and therefore
contends that it has no obligation to pay for the remaining materials because (1) TaSM rejected
those materials; and (2) as of the time it terminated the Subcontract, JCBAS had materially
breached the Subcontract and TaSM terminated the Subcontract because of that prior breach.
TaSM also contends that it only later used certain of those rejected materials as part of its
attempt to “cover” for JCBAS’ breach by re-procuring the remaining 36 two-story KEEP
3. Under Virginia law, the elements of a breach of contract claim are: “(1) a legally enforceable
obligation of a defendant to a plaintiff; (2) the defendant’s violation or breach of that
obligation; and (3) injury or damage to the plaintiff caused by the breach of obligation.”
Navar, Inc. v. Fed. Bus. Council, 784 S.E. 2d 296, 299 (Va. 2016) (internal quotation marks
4. With respect to damages “a plaintiff must show a causal connection between the defendant’s
wrongful conduct and the damages asserted” and also “must prove the amount of those
damages by using a proper method and factual foundation for calculating damages.” Id.
(internal quotation marks omitted). While the plaintiff “bears the burden of proving with
reasonable certainty the amount of damages,” “proof with mathematical precision is not
required,” although “there must be at least sufficient evidence to permit an intelligent and
probable estimate of the amount of damage.” Manchester Oaks Homeowners Ass'n, Inc. v.
Batt, 732 S.E.2d 690, 699 (Va. 2012) (internal quotation marks omitted).
5. Under the Virginia U.C.C., “if the goods or the tender of delivery fail in any respect to
conform to the contract, the buyer may (a) reject the whole; or (b) accept the whole; or (c)
accept any commercial unit or units and reject the rest.” Va. Code Ann. § 8.2-601.
“Rejection of goods must be within a reasonable time after their delivery or tender. It is
ineffective unless the buyer seasonably notifies the seller.” Id. § 8.2-602(1). But “after
rejection any exercise of ownership by the buyer with respect to any commercial unit is
wrongful as against the seller.” Id. § 8.2-602(2)(A). In addition, a buyer accepts goods by
taking “any act inconsistent with the seller’s ownership” of the goods. Va. Code Ann. § 8.2606(1)(c). As reflected in the Official Comments to this section, “‘any action taken by the
buyer, which is inconsistent with his claim that he has rejected the goods, constitutes an
acceptance.’” U.S. for Use & Benefit of Whitaker's Inc. of Sumter v. C.B.C. Enterprises, Inc.,
820 F. Supp. 242, 246-47 (E.D. Va. 1993) (quoting Va. Code. Ann. § 8.2-606, cmt. 4) (“By
taking possession of the cabinets, cutting them to fit over pipes and installing the units,
[buyer] accepted the cabinets within the meaning of the UCC. This chain of events
demonstrates activity which was clearly inconsistent with [seller’s] ownership of the
cabinets.”). Virginia law further provides that “[a]cceptance of a part of any commercial unit
is acceptance of that entire unit.” Va. Code Ann. § 8.2-606(2).22 Moreover, “[t]he buyer
must pay at the contract rate for any goods accepted.” Id. § 8.2-607(1). While “acceptance
does not of itself impair any other remedy . . . for nonconformity,” id. § 8.2-607(2), “[w]here
a tender has been accepted[,] . . . the buyer must within a reasonable time after he discovers
or should have discovered any breach notify the seller of breach or be barred from any
remedy.” Id. § 8.2-607(3). And the “burden is on the buyer to establish any breach with
respect to the goods accepted.” Id. § 8.2-607(4). Where a buyer has accepted
nonconforming goods and given the seller notice, the buyer “may recover as damages for any
nonconformity of tender the loss resulting in the ordinary course of events from the seller’s
breach as determined in any manner which is reasonable.” Id. § 8.2-714.
6. “Under Virginia law, ‘a party who commits the first material breach of a contract is not
entitled to enforce the contract,’ and the breach excuses the nonbreaching party from future
performance.” Bayer Cropscience LP v. Albemarle Corp., No. 16-1555, --- Fed. App'x ---,
2017 WL 2645547, at *4 (4th Cir. June 20, 2017) (brackets omitted) (quoting Horton v.
Horton, 487 S.E.2d 200, 203 (Va. 1997)). But a party may not invite continuing
performance after accepting defective performance only to later claim that its contractual
The Virginia U.C.C. defines “commercial unit” as:
such a unit of goods as by commercial usage is a single whole for purposes of sale and division of which
materially impairs its character or value on the market or in use. A commercial unit may be a single article
(as a machine) or a set of articles (as a suite of furniture or an assortment of sizes) or a quantity (as a bale,
gross, or carload) or any other unit treated in use or in the relevant market as a single whole.
Id. § 8.2-105(6).
obligations had actually ended upon this defective performance. See id. (citing Am.
Chlorophyll v. Schertz, 11 S.E.2d 625, 628 (Va. 1940)).
7. “A material breach is a failure to do something that is so fundamental to the contract that the
failure to perform that obligation defeats an essential purpose of the contract.” Horton, 487
S.E.2d at 204. While determining whether a breach is material is generally fact-specific, see
id., “under Virginia law, it is well-settled that failure to make timely payment constitutes a
material breach.” Tandberg, Inc. v. Advanced Media Design, Inc., No. 1:09cv863, 2009 WL
4067717, at *4 (E.D. Va. Nov. 23, 2009) (citing cases).
8. JCBAS tendered goods and performance that were nonconforming in certain respects when it
delivered certain of the first 36 two-story KEEP shelters.23 TaSM accepted those
nonconforming goods but timely notified JCBAS of those nonconformities and is therefore
entitled to recover damages, upon appropriate proof of damages. See id. § 8.2-714(1) (a
buyer is allowed to “recover as damages for any nonconformity of tender the loss resulting in
the ordinary course of events from the seller’s breach as determined in any manner which is
In asserting that JCBAS breached the Subcontract, TaSM relies on a wide range of conduct, some of which it has
proven were instances of nonperformance and others it has not. For example, TaSM asserts that the fire alarm
systems JCBAS provided were noncompliant although certain subsequent modifications were upgrades not required
by the Subcontract for which the Army compensated TaSM. In any event, because the Court finds that TaSM has
failed to prove its damages as to any particular aspect of JCBAS’ alleged nonperformance or its overall
performance, the Court need not determine the precise bounds of JCBAS’ noncompliant performance.
TaSM had a contractual right to require JCBAS’ assistance onsite in Kuwait. See Subcontract § 30 (providing
that in the event of JCBAS’ nonconforming performance, “[TaSM] may require prompt correction thereof”). This
remedy, however, was not TaSM’s exclusive remedy; and while TaSM’s decision to forego JCBAS’ assistance after
October 2014 may have affected the amount of damages TaSM would have been entitled to receive because of any
nonperformance by JCBAS, TaSM is not contractually precluded from recovering damages because it prevented
JCBAS from remedying any defective performance. See Va. Code Ann. § 8.2-719(1)(b) (“resort to a remedy”
provided by contract “is optional unless the remedy is expressly agreed to be exclusive”); Va. Elec. & Power Co. v.
Bransen Energy, Inc., 850 F.3d 645, 657 (4th Cir. 2017) (“A contractual remedy is ‘exclusive where the language
employed in the contract clearly shows an intent that the remedy be exclusive.’”) (quoting Bender–Miller Co. v.
Thomwood Farms, Inc., 179 S.E.2d 636, 638 (Va. 1971)).
9. TASM failed to prove by a preponderance of the evidence that as a result of any JCBAS’
nonperformance it incurred the claimed $486,000 in pre-termination costs or $2.975 million
in post-termination costs, or any portion of those claimed damages. Likewise, it failed to
prove by a preponderance of the evidence any damages attributable to warranty claims. As
detailed above, TaSM’s evidence, including its expert, cost codes, and accounting evidence,
does not provide a credible, reliable basis upon which to make an intelligent, reasonable, or
probable estimate concerning those costs and expenses TaSM incurred as a result of any
breach of the Subcontract.
10. JCBAS substantially performed under the Subcontract in response to TaSM’s demands for
continued performance when, at TaSM’s direction, JCBAS shipped all remaining materials
due under the Subcontract before TaSM terminated it on December 3, 2014.
11. Following its termination of the Subcontract, TaSM did not effectively reject the materials
for the second 36 two-story KEEP shelters but rather accepted those materials by using them
instead of returning them. Indeed, TaSM invoiced, received, and accepted millions of dollars
in payments from the Army for the very materials that it claims it rejected.25
12. Because JCBAS substantially performed with respect to the second 36 two-story KEEP
shelters and TaSM accepted that performance, TaSM did not have the right to “cover” under
the Virginia U.C.C. with respect to the second 36 two-story KEEP shelters. See Va. Code
TaSM claims that under the Subcontract there can be no acceptance on its part of the shipped materials for the
second 36 two-story KEEP shelters until the Army accepts the assembled shelters, which had not yet occurred at the
time of trial. Contractual parties may vary the provisions supplied by the Virginia U.C.C., including the acceptance
and rejection provisions. See Va. Elec. & Power Co. v. Bransen Energy, Inc., 3:14-cv-538, 2015 WL 2061983, at
*13-14 (E.D. Va. Apr. 30, 2015), aff’d, 850 F.3d 645 (4th Cir. 2017). Here, however, the Subcontract merely
specifies that final acceptance of the assembled shelters occurs when the Army accepts the shelters. It does not
purport to alter what may constitute acceptance of JCBAS’ shipments of materials under the U.C.C. In that regard,
by acting inconsistently with any purported “rejection” of the materials for the second 36 two-story KEEP shelters,
TaSM had effectively accepted those shipments. In any event, TaSM had the obligation to pay JCBAS for those
materials within 5-7 days of its receiving payment from the Army for them and breached that obligation.
Ann. §§ 8.2-601, 8.2-711. Rather, by failing to effectively reject those two-story KEEP
shelters, TaSM was only entitled to recover damages for any nonconformity in performance
with respect to those shelters if TaSM gave JCBAS notice of the breach. See id. § 8.2-714.
But TaSM neither gave JCBAS notice of any nonconformity of the second 36 two-story
KEEP shelters nor established any such breach by JCBAS with respect to those shelters.
13. TaSM’s use of the remaining shipments of JCBAS materials did not constitute mitigation of
damages or part of its “cover” with respect the second 36 two-story KEEP shelters, as TaSM
contends, but rather acceptance of that shipment. Indeed, TaSM planned to use major
components out of the final 51 containers before those materials even arrived in Kuwait and
in fact used them after purporting to reject them.
14. As a result of TaSM’s acceptance of the second 36 two-story KEEP shelters, TaSM was
obligated to pay for those materials in accordance with the terms of the Subcontract. TaSM
breached the Subcontract by its nonpayment.26
15. As a result of TaSM’s breach of the Subcontract, JCBAS has been damaged in the amount of
$6,599,223, the amount that remains unpaid under the Subcontract and DO1.27
TaSM appears to argue that under the terms of the Subcontract, it does not have any obligation to pay for goods or
services after the date of its Subcontract termination. TaSM’s termination, however, had no effect on its obligation
to pay for JCBAS’ Subcontract performance before the date of its termination. See Subcontract § 30(c) (providing
that termination only limits TaSM’s liability “to payment under the payment provisions hereof for all work and
services performed by [JCBAS] in accordance herewith before the date of termination.”) (emphasis added).
Based on the evidence at trial, TaSM has not yet received final payment with respect to the second set of twostory KEEP shelters because the Army has not yet finally accepted those shelters. Under the terms of the
Subcontract, JCBAS is not entitled to its final payment of approximately $1,420,675 until TaSM receives its
payment upon final acceptance by the Army. Nevertheless, and even though TaSM has not raised as a defense this
“pay-when-paid” provision at trial or in post-trial briefing, the Court has considered that issue in connection with its
calculation of JCBAS’ breach of contract damages and concludes that because TaSM is deemed to have accepted all
of JCBAS’ shipments and materially breached its obligation under the Subcontract to pay for those shipments, based
on the payments it has received from the Army, TaSM may not rely on this “pay-when-paid” provision to reduce
JCBAS’ damages. See Fed. Ins. Co. v. Starr Elec. Co., 410 S.E.2d 684, 689 (Va. 1991). JCBAS is therefore
entitled to recover as damages the balance of its outstanding invoices.
16. JCBAS’ nonconforming performance did not constitute a material breach. The early defects
in JCBAS’ performance did not defeat the essential purpose of the Subcontract. Indeed,
TaSM billed the Army for those materials, received payment from the Army for those
materials, and used those materials to assemble the first 36 two-story KEEP shelters, which
the Army accepted and paid for without reservation.
17. TaSM’s improper withholding of payments through October 29, 2014, after it had received
corresponding payments from the Army on September 9-10, 2014, was the first material
breach under the Subcontract. Thereafter, JCBAS elected to continue performance and did
so without a material breach. TaSM then materially breached the Subcontract again by
refusing to make timely payments, as required under the Subcontract.
18. Even assuming, arguendo, JCBAS had first materially breached the Subcontract, JCBAS
would not be precluded from recovering the balance of the Subcontract price under the first
material breach doctrine because TaSM accepted the first 36 two-story KEEP shelters and
demanded continued performance, which JCBAS provided without a material breach. See
Bayer Cropscience LP, 2017 WL 2645547, at *4–5.
19. With respect to the implied covenant of good faith and fair dealing, “the failure to act in good
faith under [the Virginia U.C.C.] does not amount to an independent tort. The breach of the
implied duty under the U.C.C. gives rise only to a cause of action for breach of contract.”
Charles E. Brauer Co. v. NationsBank of Va., N.A., 466 S.E.2d 382, 385 (Va. 1996). JCBAS
has recovered all that it can under the Subcontract, see Subcontract §§ 10, 38(c); and is not
entitled to recover further based on its claimed breach of the implied covenant of good faith
and fair dealing.
TaSM’s Tortious Interference Claim Against Defendants
TaSM claims that Defendants tortiously interfered with its business expectancy that it
would receive approximately $11 million in additional delivery orders under its Prime Contract
and also an additional $2,446,101 for a Combined Aid Station to serve as a dental clinic.
Although the Army ultimately did not issue work orders or contracts to anyone in either category
of anticipated work, TaSM claims that Army did not issue such work orders or contracts because
of Defendants’ “improper means, including, but not limited to, disparaging TaSM to the Army
and perpetuating a fraudulent scheme to substitute Styropor for Neopor.”
20. To prevail on a claim for tortious interference with business expectancy, TaSM must show:
(1) “the existence of a business relationship or expectancy, with a probability of future
economic benefit”; (2) the defendant’s “knowledge of the relationship or expectancy”; (3)
“that it was reasonably certain that absent intentional misconduct, the claimant would have
continued the relationship or realized the expectancy”; (4) that the defendant “employed
improper means”; and (5) that the plaintiff “suffered damages from the interference.”
Commerce Funding Corp. v. Worldwide Sec. Servs. Corp., 249 F.3d 204, 213 (4th Cir. 2001).
“[P]roof of the existence of the first and third elements of the tort must meet an objective
test; proof of subjective expectations will not suffice.” Commercial Bus. Sys., Inc. v. Halifax
Corp., 484 S.E.2d 892, 897 (Va. 1997) (mere “possibility” of a future benefit is insufficient);
see also Shirvinski v. U.S. Coast Guard, 673 F.3d 308, 321 (4th Cir. 2012) (tortious
interference “is not casually triggered”).
21. TaSM failed to prove by a preponderance of the evidence that the Army ever planned with
the requisite certainty—that is, an objective probability rather than a mere possibility—to
order additional KEEP shelters or to award a contract to TaSM for the Combined Aid
Station. For this reason, TaSM has failed to adequately prove that it was “reasonably
certain” to have realized such work absent any asserted misconduct by Defendants or that the
Defendants’ actions caused TaSM not to receive work from the Army that was otherwise
reasonably certain. TaSM has also not proven that Defendants had any knowledge of the
Combined Aid Station project.
22. For these reasons, TaSM is not entitled to recovery on its tortious interference claim.
TaSM’s Fraud Claim Against Defendants
TaSM claims that Defendants fraudulently induced it to enter the Subcontract and DO1
by knowingly misrepresenting their intent to use Styropor, as opposed to Neopor, in the panels
for the two-story KEEP shelters. TaSM contends that this misrepresentation caused it to sustain
damages in the amount of (1) $22,423.04, the cost of training that TaSM provided to the Army
at no cost, claiming that this training was provided in exchange “for a delivery extension that
was caused by, among other things, the interruption associated with the Styropor/Neopor
substitution,” and (3) $31,050, which TaSM claims is the difference in market value between
shelters with Neopor throughout and shelters with Neopor only in the exterior panels.
23. Under Virginia law, in order to prove fraudulent inducement of a contract, TaSM must prove
by clear and convincing evidence: “(1) a false representation, (2) of a material fact, (3) made
intentionally and knowingly, (4) with intent to mislead, (5) reliance by the party misled, and
(6) resulting damage to the party misled.” Evaluation Research Corp. v. Alequin, 439 S.E.2d
387, 390 (Va. 1994). But misrepresentations that “relate to a duty or an obligation that was
specifically required” by a contract “do not give rise to a cause of action for actual fraud.”
Richmond Metro. Auth. v McDevitt Street Bovis, Inc., 507 S.E.2d 344, 347 (Va. 1998); see
Dunn Const. Co. v. Cloney, 682 S.E.2d 943, 946-47 (Va. 2009) (explaining that a duty based
in contract cannot form the basis for a tort, including fraud). For this reason, a false
representation about the performance of a contractual duty cannot form the basis of a fraud
claim, whereas a false representation that precedes, and induces the creation of, a contract
can, since it violates a duty that exists independent of the yet-to-be-formed contract. See,
e.g., Abi-Najm v. Concord Condo., LLC, 699 S.E.2d 483, 490 (Va. 2010). And a “promisor’s
state of mind at the time he makes the promise is a fact,” and thus a pre-contract
misrepresentation about performance of an obligation “with a present intention not to
perform” can form the basis of a fraudulent inducement claim. Id. (internal quotation marks
24. TaSM has failed to prove by clear and convincing evidence, or even a preponderance of the
evidence, that JCBAS knowingly made material misrepresentations with the intent to induce
TaSM to enter into the Subcontract or DO1.28
25. TaSM has also failed to prove that it suffered any damage as a result of the alleged fraud.
First, the Army accepted the substitution of Styropor for Neopor in the interior walls of the
two-story KEEP shelters on July 28, 2014 and by the Army’s own account, did not require
“compensation or anything else” for approval of the substitution. Simmons Dep. 131:4-6.
TaSM also failed to prove by clear and convincing evidence that JCBAS was consciously aware of, as opposed to
overlooking through inadvertence, negligence, or mistake, the discrepancy between its pricing with Premium Steel
and its proposal to TaSM before the execution of the Subcontract. The overall cost difference to JCBAS by using
Neopor rather than Styropor in all the exterior panels was only $31,050; the additional cost to JCBAS to use Neopor
throughout (viz., in the interior panels as well) would not have added significantly to that cost involved in this
$12,528,000 Subcontract; and it is unlikely that JCBAS waited until after the Subcontract was executed to request a
substitution to save such a small amount. Moreover, nothing in the Subcontract itself specifically required that
Neopor be used; and it was not until DO1 was executed by TaSM on May 23, 2014 that using Neopor became a
contractual requirement through DO1’s incorporation of the SOW, which incorporated the Technical Proposal that
specified the use of Neopor in the panels of the two-story KEEP shelters. Beginning around May 14, 2013, at least
one TaSM employee was onsite at the ATEC assembly and observed that the panels contained both gray (Neopor)
and white (Styropor) insulating materials. JCBAS made no attempt to conceal from TaSM during the manufacturing
or assembly process its conspicuous use of Styropor in the interior wall panels. Finally, the Court also finds that
TaSM failed to prove by clear and convincing evidence that, given all the facts and circumstances, the use of
Neopor, rather than Styropor, in the interior panels was material to TaSM’s decision to enter the Subcontract or
DO1. See Packard Norfolk, Inc. v. Miller, 95 S.E.2d 207, 211-12 (Va. 1956) (“[A] fact is material when it
influences a person to enter into a contract, when it deceives him and induces him to act, or when without it the
transaction would not have occurred.”).
The Army approved Styropor in the interior walls, in part, so that the project “could stay on
schedule.” Id. at 128:19. The relied-upon Prime Contract modification, which required
TaSM to provide uncompensated training, was executed on May 8, 2015, more than nine
months after the Army accepted the substitution without any price concessions, and is
described by the Army as compensation required “to change the delivery schedule on SLINs
0002AA, 0002AB, and 0002AC.” Def. Ex. 19. The substitution of Styropor in the interior
walls was not the cause of a delivery delay nine months later, long after JCBAS had been
terminated, particularly considering that replacing Styropor for Neopor mitigated, not caused,
delay. Second, TaSM failed to establish that the amount of $31,050 constitutes any
cognizable damage. That figure was the cost difference to JCBAS to use Neopor instead of
Styropor in all exterior panels; and in any event, there is no evidence that this cost difference
has any relationship to a difference in the overall value of the shelters to TaSM, as the Army
in fact paid TaSM for the shelters without any reduction because of the use of Styropor.
26. For the above reasons, TaSM is not entitled to recovery on its fraud claim.
27. As to JCBAS’ claim for prejudgment interest, under Virginia law, which governs
prejudgment interest in this diversity case, see, e.g., Hitachi Credit Am. Corp. v. Signet Bank,
166 F.3d 614, 633 (4th Cir. 1999), the trial court “may provide for interest on any principal
sum awarded, or any part thereof, and fix the period at which the interest shall commence.”
Va. Code Ann. § 8.01–382. Whether and for what period to grant such an award are
decisions committed to the trial court’s discretion. See, e.g., Hitachi Credit Am. Corp., 166
F.3d at 633; Dairyland Ins. Co. v. Douthat, 449 S.E.2d 799, 801 (Va. 1994). A court’s
discretion is guided by balancing the equities of each case—in particular, the desire to make
the prevailing party whole, including compensation for its lost ability to use the money to
which it was rightfully entitled, with the losing party’s right to litigate a bona fide legal
dispute. Wells Fargo Equip. Fin., Inc. v. State Farm Fire & Cas. Co., 823 F. Supp. 2d 364,
366 (E.D. Va. 2011). And “[g]enerally, prejudgment interest is not allowed on unliquidated
damages in dispute between the parties.” Advanced Marine Enters. v. PRC Inc., 501 S.E.2d
148, 160 (Va. 1998).
28. Under all the facts and circumstances pertaining to the parties’ claims and the unresolved
legal and factual issues that existed with respect to those claims, JCBAS’ claim was subject
to a substantial and bona fide dispute and was unliquidated. Therefore, the Court concludes
that JCBAS was not entitled to prejudgment interest with respect to its awarded damages.
For the above reasons, TaSM is not entitled to recover any damages for (1) breach of the
Subcontract; (2) breach of warranty; (3) fraud; or (4) tortious interference with business
expectancy. JCBAS is entitled to recover damages for breach of the Subcontract in the amount
of $6,599,223. The Court will accordingly enter judgment in favor of JCBAS and against TaSM
on Counts I-II of the Complaint; in favor of JCBAS, JCFS, and JCI and against TaSM on Counts
III and V of the Complaint; in favor of JCBAS and against TaSM in the amount of $6,599,223
on Count I of the Counterclaim; and in favor of TaSM and against JCBAS on Count II of the
Counterclaim. Accordingly, it is hereby
ORDERED that judgment be ENTERED as follows:
1. in favor of Defendant Johnson Controls Building Automation Systems, LLC and
against Plaintiff Technology and Supply Management, LLC on Counts I-II of the
2. in favor of Defendants Johnson Controls Building Automation Systems, LLC, Johnson
Controls Federal Systems, Inc., and Johnson Controls, Inc. and against Plaintiff
Technology and Supply Management, LLC on Counts III and V of the Complaint;
3. in favor of Counterclaimant Johnson Controls Building Automation Systems, LLC and
against Counterclaim-Defendant Technology and Supply Management, LLC in the
amount of $6,599,223 on Count l of the Counterclaim; and
4. in favor of Counterclaim-Defendant Technology and Supply Management, LLC and
against Counterclaimant Johnson Controls Building Automation Systems, LLC on Count
II of the Counterclaim.
The Clerk is directed to forward a copy of this Memorandum of Decision and Order to all
counsel of record and enter judgment pursuant to Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 58 in
accordance with this Memorandum of Decision and Order.
July 28, 2017
The Subcontract (including those documents it incorporates) contains the following
Subcontract § 1 – “General Obligations” provides:
[JCBAS] agrees, subject to the terms and conditions hereof, to perform the work and services
set forth or otherwise referenced in Section 2 pursuant to one or more Delivery Orders or
Task Orders (“Order”' or “Orders”) issued by [TaSM] hereunder from time to time.
[JCBAS] shall comply with all terms and conditions provided by [TaSM]. Unless necessary
to the execution of Orders, [JCBAS] will not take any action or omit to take any action
within the scope of [JCBAS’] work hereunder that will, or would reasonably be expected to,
prevent or hinder [TaSM] from complying with any provision of the prime contract.
Subcontract § 2 – “Statement of Work” provides: “[JCBAS] shall provide the work and services
set forth in each Order. All work and services performed under this Subcontract shall be in
accordance with the respective Orders issued and the applicable sections of the Scope of Work
Subcontract § 10 – “Insurance, Indemnification and Liability” provides in relevant part:
Notwithstanding anything herein to the contrary, in no event shall [TaSM’s] liability for any
breach or alleged breach of any Order under this Subcontract exceed the total amount earned
by and properly payable to Subcontractor under such Order; Neither Party shall be liable to
the other Party hereunder for any special, incidental, consequential or punitive damages
resulting from any such breach or alleged breach of this Subcontract.
Subcontract § 13 – “Payment, Invoice due Dates, and Format” provides in relevant part:
a. . . . . Milestone payments, if modified into [TaSM]’s contract with the Government, will be
flowed down to [JCBAS]
d. [TaSM] will pay [JCBAS’] acceptable invoice in accordance with this Subcontract on a
pay-when-paid basis. [TaSM] shall remit payment electronically within 5 days of payment
from the United States Government for the services covered herein. If [JCBAS] is paid any
amount by [TaSM] hereunder that is disallowed by the Government, [JCBAS] shall promptly
credit or refund such disallowed amount to [TaSM upon receiving a copy of such
disallowance notice provided to [TaSM] by the Government.
Subcontract § 18 – “Warranty” provides in relevant part:
Subcontractor represents and warrants (1) that the price charged for the goods and/or services
purchased pursuant hereto shall be no higher than Subcontractor’s current price to any other
customer for the same quality and quantity of such goods or services; (2) that all goods and
services delivered pursuant hereto will be new, unless otherwise specified, and free from
defects in material and workmanship; (3) that all goods and services will conform to
applicable specification, drawings, and standards of quality and performance, and that will be
free from defects in design and suitable for their intended purpose; (4) that the goods covered
by this order are fit for consumer use, if so intended; (5) that all warranties made by seller,
collectively and individually, shall not be voided under any circumstances and should the
goods delivered become damaged for any reason that Subcontractor shall pay all costs for
repair of the goods regardless of how the damage occurred; (6) that Subcontractor shall
perform all warranty service and that the goods delivered shall be covered by the
Subcontractors warranty as follows:
[chart detailing specific warranties for certain shelter components]
SELLER HEREBY EXPRESSLY WARRANTS THAT ALL GOODS DELIVERED TO
BUYER UNDER THIS AGREEMENT OR UNDER ANY ORDER SHALL BE FREE
FROM ALL DEFECTS. SELLER EXPRESSLY WARRANTS THAT ALL GOODS
DELIVERED HAVE BEEN DESIGNED AND SHALL BE ABLE TO WITHSTAND AT
LEAST FOR THE MINIMUM DURATION OF THE TIME STATED ABOVE FOR EACH
PART ANYWHERE IN THE WORLD. SELLER AGREES THAT ANY ITEM THAT IS
DAMAGED AT ANY TIME, INCLUDING, BUT NOT LIMITED TO DURING THE
SETUP, TAKEDOWN, OR RESET OF ANY BUILDING, SYSTEM OR COMPONENT
THEREOF FOR THE DURATION SPECIFIED ABOVE FROM THE ACCEPTANCE OF
THE GOOD BY THE BUYER AND THE U.S. GOVERNMENT, SHALL BE REPLACED
AT THE SOLE EXPENSE OF SELLER WITHOUT ANY RIGHT OF REPAYMENT,
SETOFF OR COVER FROM BUYER. SELLER AGREES TO INDEMNIFY BUYER
AGAINST ANY AND ALL WARRANTY OR PRODUCT CLAIMS, EXCEPT TO THE
EXTENT THAT ANY CLAIM IS DUE SOLELY TO THE FAULT OF BUYER. SELLER
AGREES TO INDEMNIFY BUYER AGAINST ALL WARRANTY CLAIMS MADE BY
THE GOVERNMENT. IF BUYER IS REQUIRED BY THE GOVERNMENT TO
EXPEND ANY FUNDS OR PERFORM ANY WORK TO REPAIR OR REPLACE ANY
ITEM WARRANTED BY SELLER, SELLER AGREES TO REPAY BUYER FOR ALL
SUCH WORK AND THE COSTS ASSOCIATED THEREWITH.
All representations and warranties of Subcontractor together with its service warranties and
guarantees, if any, shall run to Buyer and Buyer’s customers. The foregoing warranties shall
survive delivery, inspection, acceptance, or payment by the Buyer and shall survive the
termination of this agreement for any purpose.
Subcontract § 21 – “Governing Law and Disputes” provides in relevant part: “This contract
shall be governed by the laws of the Commonwealth of Virginia without respect to its conflicts
of law’s [sic] provisions.”
Subcontract § 30 – “Inspection/Acceptance” provides:
All inspections of goods, materials, supplies, and services are subject to the FAR Clause
52.246-2, whether during or after manufacture of the goods or materials, or performance of
the services, and notwithstanding the terms of delivery or payment, as to goods, that title has
not yet passed to [TaSM] or [TaSM’s customers]. Inspection may take place at any time and
at any location including on-site inspections at [JCBAS] facilities. Acceptance of the
engineering and specifications of the building design shall take place at Radford, Virginia
after ATEC Certification; however, acceptance of each individual building and its
components shall take place after full construction on site in Kuwait. In the event that goods
supplied, or services performed, are not supplied or performed in accordance with the
specifications and instructions of [TaSM] and [TaSM’s customer], [TaSM] may require
prompt correction thereof, and, as to services, require that the services be rendered again at
[JCBAS’] expense. If any defects exist and [JCBAS] is unable or refuses to replace the good
or render the services again promptly, [TaSM] may terminate this subcontract for default.
Subcontract § 38 – “Termination” provides in relevant part:
b. In addition, [TaSM] shall be entitled to terminate this Subcontract for default or breach by
[JCBAS] if [JCBAS] fails to remedy such conditions within seven (7) days from the date of
receipt of notice from [TaSM] concerning the existence of the condition. If any termination
of this Subcontract made in good faith for default or breach by [JCBAS] is subsequently
determined to have been without legal justification, the rights and obligations of the Parties
shall be the same as if the Subcontract (or the Order in question) had been rightfully, and
with legal justification, terminated for default or breach.
c. If this Subcontract is terminated by [TaSM], with or without reason, [TaSM]’s liability
shall be limited to payment under the payment provisions hereof for all work and services
performed by [JCBAS] in accordance herewith before the date of termination.
Subcontract § 41 – “Survival” provides: “The following provisions of this contract shall survive
the termination of this contract: 10, 13, 16, 17, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 25, 26, 28, 29, 30, 32, 34-38,
DO1 ¶ 5 – “Payment Terms” provides:
[TaSM] will pay [JCBAS] on a pay when paid basis after Government acceptance for all
items delivered under this Delivery Order in accordance with Attachment 2- Milestone
Schedule for [JCBAS’] portion of the work complete. After [TaSM] receives payment based
on Attachment 2-Milestone Schedule,29 [JCBAS] will be paid with 5-7 business days
Attachment 2 contains the following invoicing schedule (format: JCBAS invoice date (% to be billed)):
5/21/2014 (3.78%); 5/28/2014 (6.37%); 6/4/2014 (7.44%); 6/12/2014 (7.44%); 6/20/2014 (7.44%); 6/28/2014
(7.44%); 7/6/2014 (7.44%); 7/16/2014 (7.44%); 7/21/2014 (7.44%); 7/30/2014 (7.44%); 8/13/2014 (7.74%);
8/30/2014 (1.89%); 8/30/2014 (1.89%); 9/18/2014 (1.89%); 9/19/2014 (1.89%); 10/11/2014 (1.89%); 10/12/2014
(1.89%); 10/31/2014 (1.89%); 11/1/2014 (1.89%); 11/19/2014 (1.89%); 11/20/2014 (1.89%); 12/7/2014 (1.89%);
DO1 ¶ 6 – “Invoices” provides that JCBAS “shall submit invoices per Attachment 2-Milestone
Schedule once acceptance of those Deliverables has been provided by the Government to
DO1 ¶ 7 – “Period of Performance” provides that “[t]he period of performance is 11 February
2014 – 31 December 2014.”
DO1 ¶ 8 – “Place of Performance” provides that JCBAS shall perform in the following locations:
Radford, VA; Dublin, VA; and Camp Beuhring, Kuwait.
DO1 ¶ 9 – “Delivery Terms” provides for F.O.B. Origin
DO1 ¶ 10 – “Delivery Schedule” provides for a delivery schedule, set forth in “Attachment 3Delivery Schedule.”30
DO1 ¶ 11 – “Acceptance Criteria” provides:
All contract deliverables including (but not necessarily limited to) monthly status reports and
all Energy Efficient Units submitted to [TaSM] shall be deemed accepted upon Government
acceptance of the Energy Efficient Units at Camp Beuhring, Kuwait.
SOW ¶ 2.1 – “Detailed Requirements – Design Review” provides in relevant part:
[JCBAS] shall cover all the required tools during the design review that will be necessary to
erect the shelters, and the design of how the shelters will be packaged into containers.
[TaSM] is interested in innovative packaging to see if less containers can be utilize during
the transportation. Packaging of the shelters shall be completed in the most effective way to
be ready for shipping but no greater that two containers per two story shelter.
SOW ¶ 2.2 – “Detailed Requirements – Production of 72 two-story Shelters” provides:
TaSM shall provide all 40’ containers at Dublin, Virginia for [JCBAS]. [JCBAS] shall fully
package all 72 two-story shelters including tools that will be required to assemble the shelters
into the 40’ containers. Fully packaged containers shall be made ready for shipment and will
be picked up by TaSM according to the schedule provided to the Subcontractor. Any
changes to the schedule shall be approved by TaSM. The shelters must include all the items
required for the complete installation (electrical, ECU, etc.) as listed in the proposal.
SOW ¶ 2.2.1 – “Detailed Requirements – Shelter Requirements” provides:
[JCBAS] is responsible for the provision of all components of the shelters, including every
part necessary for final and complete assembly. All components, including the shelter as a
whole, shall be in conformance with the PWS and the Proposal Documents.
Attachment 3 is blank.
SOW ¶ 2.2.3 – “Detailed Requirements – U.S. Army Test and Evaluation Command (ATEC)
[JCBAS] shall produce and assemble three units for ATEC certification. All three units shall
pass all test objectives. All three units shall be undamaged, complete and ready for operation
before testing. This certification is to be completed at Dublin, Virginia.
One month prior to the ATEC inspection, [JCBAS] shall provide to [TaSM] a draft of the
shelter guide and all Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS).
After the initial inspection, [JCBAS] shall make all corrections to any test incidents in order
to receive ATEC certification.
After certification, the units shall remain at Dublin, Virginia for training and other purposes
4-6 weeks after ATEC certification. If the units are no longer required for training, the units
shall be disassembled, packaged and loaded, ready for shipment to Kuwait.
SOW ¶ 2.2.5 – “Detailed Requirements – Packaging” provides:
[JCBAS] shall package by design each two story shelter into two 40' shipping containers
(ISO containers) in accordance with the PWS and the Proposal Documents. Packaging of the
shelters shall be completed in the most effective way to be ready for shipping but no greater
that two containers per two story shelter. [JCBAS] shall also include in the shipping
container for each individual shelter a shelter guide as described in section 3.4 below. All
components of the shelter, to include all hardware and accessories required for full operation
of the shelters shall be packaged in their final form, ready for final assembly.
SOW ¶ 2.4 – “Detailed Requirements – Training support” provides:
[JCBAS] shall provide training support to [TaSM] on all components of the ATEC certified
shelters, to include construction, installation, repair, and troubleshooting. Training support
provided shall ensure that the contractor is able to fully assemble the shelters and that they
operate as required. Training shall be provided to TaSM personnel at Dublin, VA and once
at Camp Buehring, Kuwait.
SOW ¶ 2.5 – “Detailed Requirements – Documentation and Manuals” provides:
[JCBAS] shall provide manuals, guides, and documentation as required by the contract, and
shall update all manuals related to the systems listed above in the SOW. [JCBAS] shall
deliver all the technical and operational manuals for the shelters and associated equipment to
TaSM, and if requested after the period of performance, directly to the customer. See section
SOW ¶ 2.6 – “Detailed Requirements – Warranties” provides:
Warranties shall be provided by [JCBAS], in accordance with the subcontract between
[TaSM] and [JCBAS]. Warranties shall be to both [TaSM] and [TaSM]’s customer.
[JCBAS] shall provide a point of contact for all warranty claims. Commercial warranties for
all shelter components shall commence from the date of Government acceptance of shelters.
Government acceptance will occur when all shelters are assembled, final inspected, and
operate as required.
SOW ¶ 3.4 – “Shelter Guide” provides:
[JCBAS] shall provide a Shelter Guide that details how to setup, disassemble, and package
shelters for transportation to another location. As a minimum, the guide shall address
relative times for set-up and disassembly, labor requirements, specialized tools required and
the method for repackaging and shipping. The guide shall also detail any routine
maintenance actions required and how to repair/troubleshoot/replace components.
Additionally, the Shelter Guide shall include a list of recommended commercial item spares,
corresponding part numbers, and where the commercial item spares may be purchased.
[JCBAS] shall provide a shelter guide to [TaSM] as described in section 3 above, and shall
include a shelter guide for each individual unit, in paper form as part of the packaging in
section 2.1.5 above.
SOW ¶ 3.5 – “Shelter Specifications” provides:
[JCBAS] shall provide a Shelter Specification that details the structure dimensions,
component sizes, location and sizes of entrances, weight, load capacity, electrical capacity,
wiring diagrams, location of outlets, parts list, schematic and other technical details including
but not limited to ECU manufacturer specifications and manuals, power interfaces, PV
specifications and other major components.
PWS § 1.2 – “Objective” provides in relevant part:
The replacement of soft walled shelters with highly insulated rigid walled shelters that are
soldier erectable, re-deployable, equipped with energy efficient ECUs, and LED lighting will
greatly improve energy efficiency.
PWS § 2.0 – “Applicable Documents” provides in relevant part:
Material and electrical installation shall be in accordance with manufacturer’s
recommendations and latest revision of the following codes, standards, manuals and
specifications, except where more stringent requirements have been specified herein:
American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM) International, ASTM-E1925-10,
Specification for Engineering and Design Criteria for Rigid Wall Relocatable Structures
The ASTM requires that assembly of the shelters “shall be accomplished within two man-hours per 150 square
feet of floor space”; and that there be no “special tools,” which are “tools other than common hand tools or those
PWS § 3.3.4 – “Design Flexibility” provides in relevant part:
Shelters shall be portable, modular and allow for rapid assembly/disassembly using a
minimal set of tools and come with a Shelter Guide (see PWS paragraph 4.2.3, below).
PWS § 3.3.4 – “Water Mitigation” provides in relevant part:
The roofing system and sides shall be water tight and be capable of shedding water to the
exterior of the structure, allowing for runoff.
PWS § 3.3.4 – “Shelter Guide” provides:
The contractor shall provide a Shelter Guide in English that details how to setup,
disassemble, and package shelters for transportation to another location. As a minimum, the
guide shall address relative times for set-up and disassembly, labor requirements, specialized
tools required and the method for repackaging and shipping. The guide shall also detail any
routine maintenance actions required and how to repair/troubleshoot/replace components.
Additionally, the Shelter Guide shall include a list of recommended commercial item spares,
corresponding part numbers, and where the commercial item spares may be purchased.
Technical Proposal – “Executive Summary” provides in relevant part:
The MEES system proposed by TaSM is a full kit composed of 5 1/2” thick wall, floor and
roof panels. The panels are composed of 22ga steel stud, non-bridging ribs bonded to high
density BASF Neopor® Expanded Polystyrene (EPS) sandwiched between a PVC cladded,
24ga 50ksi, G90 steel outer layer giving the walls, roof and floors an R-25.
To ensure continuous shelter installation at Camp Buehring and to comply with the time line
requirements of this solicitation, TaSM will have containers available at the production site
and these containers will be loaded with the two-story shelters each day, each week shipping
off the week’s production. TaSM will have three Kuwait based assembly crews available.
Technical Proposal – “Introduction” provides in relevant part:
Table 2 below highlights those areas where the TaSM MEES performance exceeds the KEEP
Table 2: PWS Requirements the MEES Exceeds
Shelters shall have a minimum thermal
The MEES walls, floors, and roof are
designed specifically for use with a delivered product,” or “equipment required to erect or strike” the shelters. Pl.
efficiency of R-18 (floor), R-22 (walls) and
composed of 5 1/2” thick panels with an R
value of 25. This provides a 15%
improvement in overall thermal efficiency
which translates into increased overall energy
savings. The unique panel structure which
eliminates thermal bridging across the
panel and the use of shiplap panel joints
provides superior thermal efficiency. Nonthermal degrading EPS is a superior
The MEES exterior walls are one-hour fire
rated, independent laboratory tested
compliant to the complete battery of ASTM
E119 standard for one hour fire rating for a
wall under load. The MEES walls were
tested compliant under an applied load of
16,704 pounds (1,392 lbs./linear foot) and
further subjected to 30psi hose stream.
Exterior walls of the shelter shall have at
least a one hour fire rating.
Technical Proposal § 1.1 – “Structure and Design Flexibility – Materials” provides in relevant
The MEES 5 ½” thick floor, roof, and wall (R25) panels are composed of structural grade
G90 steel frame members with a Neopor® expanded polystyrene (EPS) core. Each panel is
assembled using a technique that bonds the steel stud to the Neopor EPS. The unique
method of bonding allows for the structural steel members to provide strength without
passing all the way through the inside surface to the outside surface (See Figure 2)
eliminating a thermal bridge. The interior and exterior of the panel is a 26ga, 50 ksi steel
skin covered with a bonded UV protected PVC coating which provides a color embedded,
robust weatherproof and durable protection. Panel joints are covered with VentureClad, a
UL listed, multi-layered, zero permeability vapor barrier, resistant UV and extreme
Table 3: MEES Material Specifications
MEES Material Specifications
Exterior Wall: 3’ 1-9/16” x 8’6”x 5 ¾”, R-25, one hour fire rated;
Type II non-combustible
Interior Wall: R25, Type II con-combustible
Floor: 3’ 9” x 7’ 3-5/8” x 5 ½”, R-25, Type II non-combustible
Roof: 3’ 9” x 7’ 3-5/8” x 5 ½”, R-25, Type II non-combustible
G90 structural member, non-thermal bridging, 18-5/16” o.c. bonded
to Neopor® EPS. 5.5” panel thickness (see Figure 2). Skin (panel
covering) is 26ga 50 ksi G90 galvanized steel sheet with 6 mil thick
PVC bonded cladding in Desert Tan 33446 (exterior) and 6 mil on
the interior surface except for the interior surface of floor panels.
Technical Proposal § 3.1 – “Schedule – MEES Installation” provides:
The MEES concept is to provide easy installation by unskilled personnel. TaSM’s plan is to
erect a two-story building every three (3) days utilizing a four (4) person crew. The
installation crew will consist of three (3) low level workers and one (1) more experienced
worker to ensure the installation procedures are followed and the installation meets the
In addition, TaSM will provide a two (2) person supervisor crew whose responsibility will be
to unload the shelters from the truck when it arrives, stage the required materials in order of
assembly, and transport the materials form [sic] the staging to the installation areas. TaSM
will have a site lead to ensure everything is proceeding according to schedule and provide
necessary assistance to the crews as required. One of the other requirements for the site lead
will be communication with the customer on site as required.
This staffing structure will ensure that all two-story shelters will be erected during the
timeframe of the contract. TaSM leadership has extensive experience in utilizing local
nationals (LNs) or third country nationals (TCNs) as installation crews. TaSM is familiar
with the process of getting LNs and TCNs on the site at Camp Buehring and will ensure that
the crews are on site six (6) days a week.
Additional information on project schedule specifics including production, transportation,
and MEESs erection is illustrated in Section 3.4 of this proposal.
Technical Proposal § 3.2 – “Schedule – Transportation” provides:
TaSM will ship seven (7) two-story buildings from the production facility to Camp Buehring
Kuwait every week starting approximately sixty (60) days after award of contract. Each
shelter will ship via ground from the production facility to the port of Norfolk, VA in 40 ft.
ISO containers. Each two-story shelter will be packaged into two (2) containers; one
container will store the wall and ceiling panels. The second container will transport the
raised base, stairways, HVAC system, and the electrical components. From Norfolk, VA the
containers will be shipped via U.S. flagship to Kuwait. Customs in Kuwait will be handled
by our transportation subcontractor who will work with Kuwaiti Customs agents to ensure
timely release of the shipments. From Customs the units will be transported via truck to
Camp Buehring where the containers will be off-loaded at the lay down yard and will be
unpacked by our logistics team on-site.
The logistics team on-site at Camp Buehring will be responsible for tracking all of the units
and will transport the required items to the pad for each day of assembly.
Technical Proposal § 3.4.2 – “Schedule – Transportation Schedule” provides:
To ensure continuous shelter installation at Camp Buehring and to comply with the time line
requirements of this solicitation, TaSM will ship seven (7) two-story shelters, fourteen (14)
ISO containers, weekly via U.S. flagship. Transportation from the production facility to
Camp Buehring, including all customs clearance, will take approximately forty (40) days per
Technical Proposal § 3.4.3 – “Schedule – MEES Installation Schedule” provides:
TaSM will have two (2) supervisors who unload the shelter equipment, stage the pad, and
manage the installation teams. There will be three (3) four (4) person installation teams who
will assemble one (1) two-story shelter in approximately three (3) days. CFT and PVT will
be completed concurrently and immediately following assembly and completion of a shelter
or group of shelters.
Technical Proposal – “Kuwait Shelter Assembly” (in response to “Evaluation Notice (EN) 1: T301”) provides in relevant part:
TaSM’s team has the ability to expedite their schedule significantly by addressing the
following components of the overall schedule:
Kuwait Shelter Assembly
The production facility, located in Radford, VA, has dedicated half of their total
production capacity to the Army KEEP shelters. During the normal 40 hour work week,
the Projection KEEP line can produce up to eight (8) two-story shelters. . . .
However, the production output can easily be increased to a maximum of twenty-four
(24) two-story shelters per week. This will be achieved by the addition of two (2) more
shifts per day.
Additional capacity can further be expanded by utilizing the remaining (com
Kuwait Shelter Assembly
TaSM has validated that an adequate assembly labor pool exists in Kuwait to meet either
production schedules [sic]. In order to accommodate the production schedule of twentyfour (24) two-story shelters per week, TaSM will start with six (6) assembly teams for the
first set of twenty-four (23) units. TaSM will increase the number of assembly teams to
eight (8) to accommodate the assembly of the second set of twenty-four (24) units and
will increase the number of assembly teams to ten (10) to complete the project.
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