State To Pay Company $2.5M To Settle Liquor Contract Dispute

Apr 15, 2015


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The state has agreed to pay $2.5 million to a company that sued over a liquor warehousing contract, saying the liquor commission violated bidding procedures by favoring an out-of-state competitor.

Law Warehouses of Nashua previously stored and shipped spirits for the commission. The company was the state's main distributor for decades.

Law Warehouses accused the commission of allowing Excel Inc. of Ohio to bypass certain bid requirements in 2012 when it applied for a 20-year contract for $200 million. Excel was chosen over four other bidders, including Law Warehouses.

The commission has said its negotiations were routine and legal.

Law Warehouses has since been renamed Law Logistics.