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Judge rules in favor of city

A Fredericksburg Circuit Court judge granted the city’s request to throw out a lawsuit that city officials broke Virginia procurement laws when they  hired a consultant to assist city officials in evaluating the options for new courthouse facilities. 

Fredericksburg resident Hamilton Palmer claimed that the city hired the consulting firm, Arcadis, without putting out an invitation to bid or a request for proposals.

City Attorney Kathleen Dooley responded  by filing a motion asking the court to dismiss the case because Palmer has no standing to pursue the action.

Circuit Court Judge Joseph E. Spruill Jr. agreed.

 Part of what Palmer alleged was that the city violated the Virginia Public Procurement Act by awarding the contract without putting it out for RFP or invitation to bid.

Dooley responded that the city used cooperative procurement to hire Arcadis.

The judge also agreed that the city did not violate the VPPA.