Judge Douses $130M Firefighting Helicopter Contract Bid Protest

Law360, New York (August 30, 2012, 5:29 PM EDT) -- A federal judge on Wednesday killed a $130 million bid protest from government contractor Croman Corp., which had argued that its proposal to sell the government helicopters to fight forest fires was unfairly rejected by the U.S. Forest Service.

U.S. Court of Federal Claims Judge George W. Miller ruled that Croman hadn't shown that the government's decision to round decimals into whole numbers for ratings it used to evaluate safety, past performance and organizational experience yielded "falsely precise" ratings.

"Although the agency’s rating method may lead...
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