I have a question concerning a case that I am working on pro se. I filed under the Little Tucker act at the District Court. One of my claims involves an interpretation of Federal Law, which there is a huge Circuit split over. The 7th Circuit (were I filed) precedent is adverse to mine. But if they are sitting as a Court of Federal Claims pursuant to the Little Tucker Act, is that District Court bounded by the Regional Circuit's precedent?
The Federal Circuit itself has not confronted the interpretation of that particular issue. So I am asking a District Court in the 7th Circuit to ignore that Circuit Precedent and adopt the (majority - in other Circuits: 9th 4th, 6th and 1st) view on the theory that it is sitting as a court of Federal Claims (the Federal Circuit has Jurisdiction of the appeal).
I have uncovered some case law that a District Court should follow the Federal Circuit, but none to suggest that it is completely free of it's Regional Precedent.
I posted here because a Federal practitioner of tax or patent law should know the answer.