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Does the consortium want you to be on the project or at least compensated for the time you have put in?
If you can get the approval of the consortium to pay you and they can recover that would be the best course of action. It is difficult to recover on quantum meriut against the government because if there is a statutory procedure to follow before the state can pay, it will supersede even a well founded claim in quantum meriut.
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The implied acceptance of the "in-hand" and signed by myself contract; and approved of by on its face as written by the mutual inputs by the fiscal agent, and the services-receiving consortium members through their continued evaluations, communications, planning, implementation of plans/execution in process created the quantum meriut status.
Yes that is coirrect but generally a government agency is not bound to pay on quantum meriut because it must pay based on appropriated funds and contractural procedures that generally require that it go through its own approval process which requires it to execute the contract to be bound.
What I am likely going to have to swallow is what the District Court Judge said in the previous case and parelleling circumstances: "Show me a signature of the second party, though receiving services of value, and I will order the dollars of value up to the receipt of the letter of quit be paid." Though being a contract for the same services and intent of purpose as the year 2020/11, the continuation of the activities does not then constitute and implied contract while I possess documentation of the consortium members' wishes and pleasure? I very much appreciate your response, but the state was to carryout the wishes of the consortium. Will see how the billings for the quantum meriut is addressed in my situation verses the prior case.