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Forfeiture Of Bid Security Ruled Improper Bids-mistake; Bonds-bid

Tuesday, August 09, 2005 03:00 pm


The Wisconsin Supreme Court has ruled that a bidder should have been allowed to withdraw its mistaken bid without forfeiture of its bid security.

The Wisconsin Department of Transportation issued an invitation for bids for construction of a highway interchange in Milwaukee. The IFB required bid security of $100,000.

James Cape & Sons Company was preparing a bid on the contract. Shortly before bid submittal, Cape's prospective masonry subcontractor informed Cape that it was raising its price on concrete masonry work from $425 per cubic yard to $555 per cubic yard. In the hectic minutes leading up to bid submittal, Cape neglected to incorporate this [...]

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