COFC Issues Preliminary Injunction in Amazon's JEDI Cloud Protest
Yesterday, the U.S. Court of Federal Claims granted Amazon Web Services, Inc.'s ("AWS") Motion for Temporary Restraining Order and Preliminary Injunction in its bid protest against the Department of Defense's ("DOD") Joint Enterprise Defense Infrastructure ("JEDI") $10 billion cloud contract to Microsoft Corporation.
The injunction prevents DoD from awarding any task orders to Microsoft under the JEDI contract until COFC lifts the injunction. Though filed under seal, COFC provided initial details regarding its preliminary injunction in the docket. The docket text provides as follows:
**SEALED**OPINION AND ORDER granting 130 Motion for Preliminary Injunction, filed by plaintiff. The United States, by and through the Department of Defense, its officers, agents, and employees, is hereby PRELIMINARILY ENJOINED from proceeding with contract activities under Contract No. HQ0034-20-D-0001, which was awarded under Solicitation No. HQ0034-18-R-0077, until further order of the court. Pursuant to RCFC 65(c), plaintiff is directed to PROVIDE security in the amount of $42 million for the payment of such costs and damages as may be incurred or suffered in the event that future proceedings prove that this injunction was issued wrongfully. As such, on or before 2/20/2020, plaintiff is directed to FILE a notice of filing on the docket in this matter indicating the form of security obtained, and plaintiff shall PROVIDE the original certification of security to the clerk of court. The clerk shall HOLD the security until this case is closed. On or before 2/27/2020, the parties are directed to CONFER and FILE a notice of filing attaching a proposed redacted version of this opinion, with any competition-sensitive or otherwise protectable information blacked out. Signed by Judge Patricia E. Campbell-Smith. (TQ) Copy to parties. (Entered: 02/13/2020)
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