4116.04 Complaints - attorney fees.

(A) An interested party may file a complaint against a contracting public authority alleging a violation of section 4116.02 or 4116.03 of the Revised Code within two years after the date on which the contract is signed for the public improvement in the court of common pleas of the county in which the public improvement is performed. The performance of the contract forms the basis of the allegation of a violation. The court in which the complaint is filed shall hear and decide the case and, upon a finding that a violation has occurred, shall void the contract and make any orders that will prevent further violations.

The Rules of Civil Procedure govern all actions under this section. Any determination of a court under this section is subject to appellate review.

(B) If, pursuant to this section, a court finds a violation of section 4116.02 or 4116.03 of the Revised Code, the court may award reasonable attorney's fees, court costs, and any other fees incurred in the course of the civil action to the prevailing plaintiff.

Effective Date: 10-11-1999