On Thursday Judge Patricia Campbell-Smith of the U.S. Federal Claims Court ordered a temporary block on the Department of Defense’s (DOD) JEDI contract. Amazon was reportedly favored to win the Joint Enterprise Defense Infrastructure contract, which is worth up to $10 billion over a 10-year period, but lost out to Microsoft.
Amazon protested the award, arguing in the lawsuit that officials bowed to pressure from the White House, who Amazon claimed had often attacked the company and its owner Jeff Bezos.
Judge Campell-Smith agreed to Amazon’s demand, and ordered all activities around JEDI to cease. In addition, the judge ordered Amazon to set aside $42 million for “costs and damages” that could be incurred in the event the “injunction was issued wrongfully,” according to the filing.