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DynCorp International Inc.
Worldwide Network Services v. DynCorp (Breach of Contract)
Date: 05/14/2008 (Date of Verdict)
Misconduct Type: Poor Contract Performance
Enforcement Agency: Non-Governmental
Contracting Party: Non-Governmental
Court Type: Civil
Disposition: Judgment Against Defendant
Synopsis: Worldwide Network Services LLC (WWNS), a minority-owned telecommunications firm, alleged that DynCorp breached its contract and racially discriminated against it. WWNS worked as a subcontractor to DynCorp in Iraq and Afghanistan under the U.S. State Department’s International Civilian Police training contract. WWNS claimed its employees were subjected to racial epithets, banned from meetings and in some cases forced to leave Iraq. In summer 2006, DynCorp decided not to renew its contract with WWNS. In May 2008, a federal court awarded WWNS over $17 million in damages. In addition, DynCorp paid WWNS $3.2 million in unpaid invoices. DynCorp also prevailed on one claim in its countersuit, for which WWNS was ordered to pay $178,000. In February 2010, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit vacated and ordered a retrial on the punitive damages award.