42 U.S. Code § 5853 - Limitation on legal fee reimbursement

§ 5853.
Limitation on legal fee reimbursement
The Department of Energy shall not, except as required under a contract entered into before August 8, 2005, reimburse any contractor or subcontractor of the Department for any legal fees or expenses incurred with respect to a complaint subsequent to—
(1)
an adverse determination on the merits with respect to such complaint against the contractor or subcontractor by the Director of the Department of Energy’s Office of Hearings and Appeals pursuant to section 5851 of this title; orpart 708 of title 10,
(2)
an adverse final judgment by any State or Federal court with respect to such complaint against the contractor or subcontractor for wrongful termination or retaliation due to the making of disclosures protected under section 5851 of this title, or any comparable State law,chapter 12 of title 5,
unless the adverse determination or final judgment is reversed upon further administrative or judicial review.

 

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