Friday, September 17, 2010

Construction Firm Sues Over Awarded Bid to Provide Legal Services to Russia

Moscow Military Construction Department, a little-known Moscow construction firm with only two lawyers on its staff, won the 2010 government contract for “Forming the Legal Position of Russian Authorities in Relation to Complaints Submitted to the European Court of Human Rights [against Russia]” in civil-law cases.  The Ministry of Justice announced that the construction firm won the tender because its $50 hourly fee was the lowest bid, with fees for other competitive bidders ranging from $200 to $300 per hour.  According to current legislation, the Ministry is obligated to solicit bids for any services it may need, and it must accept the lowest bid regardless of experience levels.   Since the announcement, the Ministry has failed to assign any legal matters to the construction firm.  Accordingly, the construction firm has sued the Ministry, asking that it assign legal matters within the framework of the awarded contract.

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