Wednesday, May 18, 2005

Let the settler beware

From this tale from the Norfolk paper, it appears that a contractor is claiming it had its contract dispute with the City settled, but then Council voted not to approve it, and now the contractor has sued to enforce the settlement.

It sounds lame to me; if there was not a public vote, probably it doesn't matter what the contractor was told about the authority of the negotiators. The government can't be liable if its agents act outside their authority, and a council decision made without a public vote is probably of no effect under FOIA.

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