$31 million lawsuit claims ‘corrupt bidding process’ in urban forestry contracts

London, Ontario, Canada – A $31 million lawsuit has been filed against the city of London and Davey Tree Expert alleging the company has been given a virtual monopoly on the urban forestry contracts thanks to a “close association and friendship” between and employee of Davey and a city hall insider who used to work for the company.

The lawsuit was filed in a Toronto court on January 26th by London, Ontario based CLC Tree Services. The allegations have yet to be tested in court.

The suit seeks $15 million in general damages, $16 million in punitive damages, and a court order against the city, restraining it from granting or extending contracts for forestry work without first calling for public tenders. 

Court filings obtained by CBC News claim Davey Tree Expert has received all forestry work and consulting contracts from the city since 2003, “with only one exception.”

You can read the original story at CBC Newshttps://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/london/london-ontario-foresty-tree-service-lawsuit-1.5914676?fbclid=IwAR0XJJm5DFxLDTXb_NTr_zTnx6DR6OYHkqrefnSudgtR27G7EpXB6dD_T7w