B-150338, B-152546 April 9, 1964

B-150338,B-152546: Apr 9, 1964

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No claims have been filed here by the petitioners and we have no information pertaining to the matter other than that contained in the petitions and the present letter from their attorney. Perry who have dies since filing claims and the attorney's proposal that payment of amounts agreed upon in their cases be made to Beatrice S. We assume that substitution of the proper parties will be made under United States Court of Claims Rule 25(a) so that the judgement will be rendered in favor of such parties. Concerning the settlement checks it would appear than an agreement or contract between attorney and client for the prosecution of a claim against the Government is a private matter.

B-150338, B-152546 April 9, 1964

The Honorable John W. Douglas Assistant Attorney General Civil Division Department of Justice

Dear Mr. Douglas:

Subject: Peter Adams, et al. v. United States, Ct. Cl. No. 359-62 (Your reference: JWD: RRD: and, 154-359-62)

Raymond Joseph Amorano, et al. v. United States, Ct. Cl. No. 263-63 (Your reference: JWD: RRD: mc, 154-263-63)

This refers to your letter of March 25, 1964, transmitting a copy of a letter dated March 4, 1964, from the attorney for the petitioners in the above-captioned cases and requesting our recommendations concerning the offer in compromise outlined therein.

As stated in our reports to you of January 17, 1963, B-150338, and October 30, 1963, B-152546, no claims have been filed here by the petitioners and we have no information pertaining to the matter other than that contained in the petitions and the present letter from their attorney.

In his letter the attorney -- except in the case of Clarance G. Lucier, John Dunderdale, and Willis O. McCoy wherein he proposes a basis for settlement -- states that the petitioners to the matter other than that contained in the petitions and the present letter from their attorney.

With regard to petitioners William J. Farrow and Dennis A. Perry who have dies since filing claims and the attorney's proposal that payment of amounts agreed upon in their cases be made to Beatrice S. Farrow and Lillian Williams Perry, we assume that substitution of the proper parties will be made under United States Court of Claims Rule 25(a) so that the judgement will be rendered in favor of such parties.

Concerning the settlement checks it would appear than an agreement or contract between attorney and client for the prosecution of a claim against the Government is a private matter. The attorney does not become a judgement creditor of the Government, and we know of no authority for making him a co-payee on a check issued in payment of a judgement.

Sincerely yours,

R.F. Keller General Counsel