Monday, November 2, 2015

State Supreme Court Issues Stay In OU Stadium Lawsuit

The state Supreme Court has granted a stay in enforcement of a temporary injunction issued by a Cleveland County judge last week that threatened a halt in construction of an expansion of Gaylord Family-Oklahoma Memorial Stadium.

The order issued by the high court on Friday means construction work can continue until an appeal process is completed in the case, which was filed by a Kansas steel manufacturer against OU, construction project manager Flintco Inc. and W&W Steel.

HME is suing the OU Board of Regents, Flintco and W&W Steel because the company claims it was the lowest responsible bidder for the project, but the contract was wrongfully awarded to W&W Steel, the second lowest bidder.

Cleveland County District Judge Thad Balkman last week sided with the plaintiff's argument that the near $12 million contract should have gone to HME. Defendants failed to show HME was not a responsible bidder, the judge said, and no dispute existed that HME was the lowest bidder. (The Oklahoman)

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