The Rask law firm is representing joint bidders Artes Terrae and Alkranel in their challenge of a decision by Riga's State Support Center to approve the bid by another company ⎯ Skepast & Puhkim ⎯ to serve as consultant for the Est-For pulp mill special plan.
According to Rask, "since the price difference between the Artes Terrae and Alkranel bid and the winning company is almost 3.5 times, the decision cannot be justified by a difference in hourly costs, more efficient working methods, or the like. Therefore, it is reasonable to assume that Skepast & Puhkim has tendered its offer at an unrealistically low price in order to win, and therefore it should be rejected by law. The contracting authority, Est-For, has acknowledged the offer as successful, although in the interests of a legitimate procurement procedure, it should first be ascertained on the basis of which value it is justified."
The Rask team included Partner Tarmo Peterson and Attorney Gea Vendel.