Michael Guiffré, a partner in the firm’s Washington office, was quoted by the Associated Press on Friday, July 17, 2009, in a story about the Department of Homeland Security’s decision to build a multimillion dollar bio-agra defense laboratory in the middle of a tornado-prone area of Kansas. The story was picked up by newspapers across the country, including the New York Times, Boston Globe, Dallas Morning News and Washington Post.
Judge Mary Ellen Coster Williams of the United States Court of Federal Claims dismissed a lawsuit filed against the government, saying it was premature. She dismissed it without prejudice, opening the way for the Texas Bio- and Agro-Defense Consortium to refile the lawsuit later if the department breaks ground on the facility in Kansas, the Associated Press reported.
The Kansas Board of Regents has agreed to provide the land, but the Homeland Security Department has not signed that agreement. “Instead of saying ‘no,’ the court simply said ‘not yet,’ ” said Mr. Guiffré, who represents the Texas group. “We’ll be right back where we started as soon as DHS figures out what it is doing.”
The Texas group had contended that the department ignored the region’s high risk of tornadoes and that the site selection had been tainted by politics.