Fair or not? Company pays for bid protest legal fees

Friday - 4/22/2011, 3:23pm EDT

William Welch, chairperson, government contracts group, General Counsel law firm

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Federal agencies and contractors are no strangers to bid protests. But if you're the bidder, protests can be an expensive proposition.

A company called Livanta is stuck with legal fees after related to its bid for a contract with Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. Livanta protested the loss and lost the protest. The company asked the Government Accountability Office to make CMS pay its legal fees. GAO said no.

William Welch chairs the government contracts group at the General Counsel law firm and he tells us why.

Read Welch's article in Washington Business Journal.