By Rob Remington & Sherry L. Rollo, Hahn Loeser
In today’s world, it is all too common that public records requests are made by competitors to uncover the confidential information of their competitors. Often, these requests are even encouraged by public owners or their consultants to drive down costs. The construction industry is no exception. That is especially the case with bid information submitted on publicly owned or funded projects. With competition on the rise, bid contestants are aggressively pursuing every opportunity they have to gain an advantage. Although unfair and potentially unlawful, trade secrets are often wrongfully disclosed. "