By Hugh D. Brown & Lauren E. Ritchie, Fabyanske Westra Hart & Thomson

The Minnesota Legislature recently took steps to expedite procurement protests after a 2015 Minnesota Supreme Court decision threatened to cause uncertainty and delay in these time-sensitive cases. Fabyanske, Westra, Hart & Thomson attorneys Dean Thomson and Tom Vollbrecht worked with the Construction Law Section of the Minnesota State Bar Association to create and promote a legislative solution to the problems created by this case. On May 9, 2019, Governor Walz signed S.F. 558 into law, which establishes original jurisdiction in the State’s district courts for public procurement challenges and creates new time deadlines for bringing protests. This Briefing Paper explains the background and details of this new statute. 

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