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United States v. Corliss Steam Engine Company, 91 U.S. 321 (1875)

United States v. Corliss Steam Engine Company

91 U.S. 321


1. Where the Secretary of the Navy possesses the power, under the legislation of Congress and the orders of the President, to enter into contracts for work connected with the construction, armament, or equipment of vessels of war, he can suspend the work contracted for when from any cause the public interest may so require, and where such suspension is ordered, he is authorized to settle with the contractor upon the compensation to be paid for the partial performance of the contracts.

2. When a settlement in such a case is made upon a full knowledge of all the facts, without concealment, misrepresentation, or fraud, it is equally binding upon the government and the contractor.

The facts upon which the decision of the court rests are set forth in its opinion.

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