- Associated Press - Monday, October 12, 2015

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) - A dispute over a nearly $8 million state construction contract is returning to court.

Wiseman Construction won the contract to renovate the West Virginia Lottery’s headquarters after the low bidder, MCS Construction was disqualified. Court records show Wiseman representatives told Lottery officials that MCS failed to include references in its bid.

Kanawha County Circuit Court Judge Jennifer Bailey overturned the decision in June and ordered state officials to give the contract to MCS. Bailey’s ruling says the process used to disqualify MCS was fatally flawed.

The ruling says the state’s bid solicitation documents didn’t include a references form for vendors to complete. Also, state officials couldn’t explain why the requirement was in the documents.

The West Virginia Supreme Court is scheduled to hear arguments on Wiseman’s appeal on Wednesday.

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