A federal judge has ruled against Washington, D.C., solo practitioner Mark Zaid in his pursuit of $466,000 from the government on a claim that Congress unlawfully interfered with a private contract he had with two clients and restricted his compensation.

Zaid and his lawyer, Eric Imperial, pursued a Fifth Amendment takings claim in the U.S. Court of Federal Claims against the government, alleging that a private relief bill that Congress passed restricted the attorney fees Zaid was entitled to collect. The bill awarded $2 million to Zaid’s clients and capped his fee at 10 percent.

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