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Improperly Awarded Public Contract Can Survive Where Bid Process Was Fair and Re-Bid Would Be Inequitable to Public Entity and Taxpayers

Improperly Awarded Public Contract Can Survive Where Bid Process Was Fair and Re-Bid Would Be Inequitable to Public Entity and Taxpayers

Alaska Servs., Inc. v. County of Morris, 2007 WL 2385941 (N.J. Super. Ct. App. Div. Aug. 23, 2007)

In this case, a county solicited bids for laundry services for a county-run nursing care facility pursuant to New Jersey’s Local Public Contracts Law (“LPCL”) (N.J.S.A. 40A:11-1, et seq.).  The county refused to award the contract to the lowest bidder, finding that the bid was “materially non-responsive," and because the services were such that the county could utilize the LPCL’s “competitive contracting” provision (an exception for certain “special” goods and services permitting a public entity to consider additional factors beyond the “lowest responsible bidder” standards set by the LPCL).  The county awarded the contract to another bidder.

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