State v. Integon Indem. Corp., 16770

Citation1987 NMSC 29, 735 P.2d 528, 105 N.M. 611
Case DateApril 08, 1987
CourtSupreme Court of New Mexico
OPINION

SCARBOROUGH, Chief Justice.

The State of New Mexico, appellee, sought competitive bids for electrical work at the Los Lunas Central New Mexico Correctional Facility. Bids were solicited by an Invitation to Bid which provided as follows:

Each bid shall be accompanied by a bid security in the amount of five percent (5%) of the bid amount pledging that the bidder will enter into a contract with the Owner on the terms stated in his bid and will furnish bonds covering the faithful performance of the contract and the payment of all obligations arising thereunder. Should the bidder refuse to enter into such contract or fail to furnish such bonds, the amount of the bid security shall be forfeited to the Owner as liquidated damages, not as a penalty.

Appellant Luis Araiza submitted a bid accompanied by a bond as bid security conditioned as required by the Invitation to Bid, on his behalf as principal and for Appellant Integon Indemnity Corporation as surety. The bond was not signed by Araiza.

At the public bid opening, Araiza was informed that he had submitted the low bid, but he failed to provide the performance and payment bonds as required in the Invitation to Bid. Araiza also subsequently signed a letter requesting that his bid be withdrawn. Ultimately, Araiza failed to enter into the contract for the electrical work. This litigation was initiated by the State to recover from Araiza and Integon, his surety, on the bond pledged by both as required by the Invitation to Bid. The trial court granted the State's motion for summary judgment. We affirm.

Appellant's first point asserts that the State failed to establish a prima facie case showing it is entitled to summary judgment as a matter of law. The facts in this case were submitted to the trial court on the record below by means of admissions of the parties and affidavits. The salient facts are not in conflict. Under SCRA 1986, 1-056(C), a summary judgment is proper if it is shown that there is no genuine issue as to any material fact and that the movant is entitled to judgment as a matter of law. The movant must establish a prima facie case showing there is no genuine issue of material fact in order to be entitled to summary judgment. Lackey v. Mesa Petroleum Co., 90 N.M. 65, 559 P.2d 1192 (Ct.App.1976). The trial court is obliged to view the pleadings, affidavits and depositions in the light most favorable to the party opposing the motion. Las Cruces Country Club, Inc. v. City of Las Cruces, 81 N.M. 387, 467 P.2d 403 (1970).

The applicable law, since repealed, is found in NMSA 1978, Section 13-1-1, et seq., the Public Purchases Act. Section 13-1-10 provides that the contract award shall be made by the governing authority of the user. Appellants argue that the contract was to have been awarded only by the Department of Corrections as the governing authority of the user, Los Lunas Central Correctional Facility. We disagree.

The award was actually made by Roy Laub, the State's construction manager. Section 13-1-10 does not preclude the Department of Corrections from using the services of the State construction manager for the purpose of awarding the electrical contract in this case. Appellants now attempt to attach rigidity and inflexibility to the bidding process by a stilted reading of the Public Purchases Act. However, appellants expressed no objection to the bidding procedures until after Araiza withdrew his bid and was faced with the State's efforts to secure forfeiture of the bid bond; nor was there any objection in the record that the State's construction manager lacked authority to handle the bid opening and make the award on behalf of the State. We find that it is not inappropriate for the Corrections Department to act through its designated agent in awarding the...

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    • United States
    • Court of Appeals of New Mexico
    • June 30, 1993
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