AUGUST 2006: Thompson Building Wrecking Co. sues the city over rejection of its bid to tear down the old candy factory at the Telfair Street site that is now home to the new library. A Richmond County Superior Court judge agrees with Thompson that the error that the Procurement Department deemed as the reason for the rejection wasn't relative to the job and commissioners could accept Thompson's bid. Commissioners refused to take Thompson's bid, which was $250,000 cheaper than the winner's.
JANUARY 2007: Thompson files suit in federal court challenging the city's use of a disadvantaged business enterprise program that gave preference to minority-owned businesses. A federal judge rules in Thompson's favor when the city could cite only an out-of-date study that showed minority business owners were unfairly locked out of doing business with the municipality. City commissioners voted to commission another study for about $500,000.
MAY 2007: Thompson sues the city alleging the Procurement Department is blocking access to public records. The Augusta Chronicle joined the lawsuit and later settled. The city pays a $174,000 lump sum settlement to Thompson for the first three cases.
FEBRUARY 2008: Thompson, the Association for Fair Government and two other local business owners sue the city in federal court, alleging procurement practices were unfair and unreasonable, locking out some business owners and costing taxpayers millions in unnecessary costs. A judge rules in the city's favor, finding the procurement issue a nonlegislative matter that cannot be challenged on constitutional grounds.
JULY 2008: McKnight Construction Co. files a Richmond County Superior Court lawsuit against the city when its bid to build the addition at the Phinizy Road jail is rejected as noncompliant. It drops lawsuit when commissioners opt to rebid the job. McKnight won the contract as the low bidder again.
JANUARY 2009: Holmes Monument Co. files a federal lawsuit after its bid to open and close graves in the city's cemeteries is rejected as noncompliant. A federal judge rules in the city's favor.
FEBRUARY 2009: Bleccs Inc. files a federal lawsuit when its bid to build a fire administration building on Deans Bridge Road is rejected as noncompliant. A judge rules in the city's favor.
AUGUST 2009: Alison Group files a federal lawsuit when its bid to provide marketing for the Augusta Regional Airport is rejected as noncompliant. A judge rules in the city's favor.
OCTOBER 2009: The Association for Fair Government files suit in Richmond County Superior Court alleging an inconsistent enforcement of procurement rules is discriminatory. A judge rules in the city's favor.
APRIL 14: Ammar Construction Co. files a Richmond County Superior Court lawsuit against the city after Ammar was informed it won the contract to do renovations at the Henry Brigham Community Center for $37,000 then was told the bid was noncompliant and was being rejected. The project was awarded to another company this year for $65,000.
-- From staff reports