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Third-Party Beneficiary Claims

Recent Cases Against Private Parties and Local Agencies

By Rochelle Bobroff & Harper Jean Tobin

State courts across the country vary widely in their response to third-party beneficiary claims against private parties and local agencies funded by federal or state monies. Contract law generally can help enforce rights of individuals who receive services from private parties and local agencies under federal and state contracts unless the contract specifically excludes third-party rights. Advocates need to seek out cases to make it more possible for third parties to enforce claims against state or federally funded contractors.

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