sovereign acts doctrine
- A principle that offers protection to the United States from certain contractual responsibilities when actions are carried out in its role as a governing authority
- The company sought damages from the U.S. government for a breached contract, but the court upheld the sovereign acts doctrine, absolving the government of liability.
- When the United States changed regulations, affecting several existing contracts, it invoked the sovereign acts doctrine as protection from the consequences.
- The sovereign acts doctrine often comes into play when private entities enter contractual agreements with the U.S. government and the latter alters its course, affecting said agreements.