The Cleveland Plain Dealer reports that Cuyahoga County has approved $29 million in contracts for construction of a new Juvenile Justice Center. Approval had been delayed based on allegations of corruption in the bidding process, but some of the work on the Center has already begun, with the hope of opening in 2011. The PD indicates that the County postponed its vote until receiving a clean bill of health from a former federal prosecutor the County hired to review all of the bid, appraisal and contract documents. Interestingly, the PD column ends by stating that the County changed its bid process in the last few weeks despite the fact that the contracts were also cleared as part of a large federal investigation.
Per the Build on This Blog, post by Mark F. Craig, Aug. 31, 2006, the Eighth District Court of Appeals ruled that an arbitration clause in a home improvement contract was enforceable, even though the contract was silent on the filing fee for arbitration. The arbitration filing fee was much higher than the fee for litigation. Although a preprinted form contract was used, the parties made changes to the preprinted language as a result of negotiations. See Handler v. Southerland Custom Bldrs, Inc. (Aug. 24, 2006), 2006-Ohio-4371.
The Cleveland Browns prematurely terminated its contract with Channel 19 for the televising of Browns games. Channel 19 is suing the Browns for breach of contract. According to a Plain Dealer article, "The contract reads that the deal may be terminated by either side for 'cause,' such as 'conduct by one party, its employees or representatives which substantially alters the aggrieved party's ability to benefit from this agreement.' "
In a letter terminating the contract, the Browns said the termination was because of "repeated instances where WOIO news staff stepped well outside any legitimate boundary of responsible journalism." Also, the letter "accused the station's reporters of 'sensationalized, overtly negative reporting on the organization and its players.' ". Recently, Channel 19 broadcasted 911 tapes of a Lerner family member reporting the drowning death of her child. The termination letter called this broadcast, "shocking and insensitive".
Channel 19 contends that the Browns do not have cause to break the contract and did not give the required 30 day notice.