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Subcontractor Not Held To Pre-bid Price Quotation Bids; Subcontractors; Equitable Relief

Saturday, July 09, 2005 03:19 pm


A Pennsylvania court has ruled that a prime contractor could not hold a subcontractor to a pre-bid price quotation on the basis of promissory estoppel because the matter could have been resolved using the rules of contract law. Lobar, Inc., a general contractor, was preparing a bid on a contract. Lycoming Masonry, Inc. submitted a price quotation for the masonry work. Lobar incorporated that price into its successful low bid.

After award of the contract, Lobar transmitted a written subcontract to Lycoming. The masonry sub refused to sign. The parties disputed the cause of the refusal. Lycoming said the subcontract form contained unexpected and onerous terms. Lobar said Lycoming h [...]

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