Judge Grants USPS Additional Time to Respond to Northrop Grumman’s Complaint


Judge George W. Miller, in the United States Court of Federal Claims, has granted the USPS an “enlargement of time” to respond to Northrop Grumman’s complaint. Northrop claims the USPS owes the company almost $180 million for work on an $874 million Flats Sequencing System (FSS) contract.

On June 26, 2012, defendant filed a motion for an enlargement of time to respond to plaintiff’s complaint in the above-captioned matter (docket entry 6). Defendant requests a 66-day extension of time, until September 7, 2012, within which to file its response to plaintiff’s complaint. Defendant states that it has been in the process of conferring with counsel for the United States Postal Service regarding the factual allegations of plaintiff’s complaint. Additional time is needed to conduct further investigation that is required to prepare full and accurate responses to the allegations in the complaint. Additionally, the United States Postal Service has not yet created a litigation report and, once completed, counsel for defendant will require time to confer with agency counsel, coordinate responses to the complaint, and obtain internal review. Defendant states that plaintiff consents to its motion. In view of the foregoing, the Court hereby GRANTS defendant’s motion for an enlargement of time to respond to plaintiff’s complaint and ORDERS that defendant’s response to plaintiff’s complaint be filed by Friday, September 7, 2012.