SOUTHFIELD, Mich.--(personal injury lawyers at Buckfire & Buckfire, P.C. and Whiting Law Group, announce the filing of a lawsuit against the State of Michigan, OfficeMax, Inc. and Michigan Legislative Consultants, Inc., a Michigan-based lobbying group for allegedly violating established bidding practices and conspiring to deprive their client, True North Global Office Solutions, LLC of being awarded a long-term contract to provide office supplies for the State of Michigan.)--The
According to Court documents, the Defendants are accused of changing the bidding process once it was underway and implementing new restrictions during the bidding process to eliminate and exclude local Michigan-based companies, like True North Global Office Solutions, from consideration, in the bidding process.
The lawsuit alleges that during the bidding process, an employee left his employment with the State of Michigan and became a lobbying consultant with Michigan Legislative Consultants, which represented OfficeMax. He then successfully lobbied on behalf of OfficeMax to obtain the office supply contract from the State of Michigan.
In addition, the lawsuit alleges that the State of Michigan implemented additional restrictions on the type of companies could bid in favor of global office supply chains. Due to these new restrictions, True Global North Office Supplies was not awarded the lucrative contract despite being the successful bidder.
“The fact that a Michigan government employee handling the bidding process for a lucrative state contract left his public office to join the lobbying firm representing the eventual bid winner tells the story. Then, the bidding process was changed right in the middle to essentially disqualify a Michigan business from winning the contract. It’s not too hard to read between the lines,” said attorney Randall M. Blau of Buckfire & Buckfire P.C.
About Buckfire & Buckfire, P.C.:
Buckfire & Buckfire P.C. is a Michigan law firm located in Southfield specializing in injury cases involving car accidents, medical malpractice, and nursing home neglect cases. Firm attorney Randall M. Blau handles commercial litigation matters. For more information, call (800) 606-1717 to speak with Mr. Blau or visit http://www.Buckfirelaw.com.
About The Whiting Law Firm PLLC:
The Whiting Law Firm PLLC is a litigation firm located in Southfield, Michigan. Attorney Paul J. Whiting III is handling the case for the firm. To speak with Mr. Whiting, call (248) 355-5900.