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1 N.J.A.R. 99

Purchase & Property, Division of; Lenox Awards, Inc. v
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Citation: 1 N.J.A.R. 99
Decision Date: 1980
Agency: DIVISION OF PURCHASE AND PROPERTY
Synopsis: Lenox, an unsuccessful bidder, challenged the award of a contract for the production of service awards and sought an order awarding it the contract, or in the alternative, rejecting all bids. It argued that the Division of Purchase and Property improperly bypassed its lower bid and erroneously rejected submitted samples as not being in compliance with the Division's Request for Proposal. While finding that proper samples had been submitted and that the Division erroneously bypassed Lenox's bid, the administrative law judge concluded that Lenox lacked standing to challenge the Division's methods for evaluating the bid prices since no objection was raised before the bids were opened. However, it was found that both bidders had communicated with employees of the Division prior to the opening of the bids to tilt the bidding system to their advantage, contrary toN.J.S.A. 52:34- 12(d) and thus all bids should be rejected and the bidding process start new. Stuart B. Dember, Esq., for Petitioner (Coleman, Segal, Dember and Jaffe, Attorneys) David J. Meeker, Esq., for O.C. Tanner Co., Inc. Joseph L. Yannotti, Deputy Attorney General for Respondent (John J. Degnan, Attorney General of New Jersey, Attorney)
Statute(s) Cited: 52:34-12(d)