U.S. Department of Commerce, Patent and Trademark Office v. FLRA, No. 11-1019 (D.C. Cir. 2012)

Court: 
D.C. Cir.
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U.S. Department of Commerce, Patent and Trademark Office v. FLRA, No. 11-1019 (D.C. Cir. 2012)

Opinion Date: 
March 16, 2012
Summary: 

The court granted the agency's petition for review of an Authority decision, 65 F.L.R.A. (No. 62) 290 (2010), in which the Authority dismissed in part and denied in part exceptions to an arbitrator's award that found the agency repudiated an enforceable provision of a collective bargaining agreement concerning the pay rate of patent examiners, and thereby committed an unfair labor practice. The court granted the peition on the basis that, under the collateral estaoppel doctrne, the Authority w