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Right to compensation for damages suffered during “yellow vests” demonstrations

Droit à indemnisation des préjudices subis lors des manifestations « gilets jaunes » Droit à indemnisation des préjudices subis lors des manifestations « gilets jaunes »

TA Lyon, January 5, 2021, SARL Philippe Védiaud Publicité, n °1904879

The holder of a public contract has the right to be compensated by the State for damage and destruction of property assigned to the performance of a public service during demonstrations " yellow vests ". The Palmier Cabinet & Associés has just ordered the State to pay its client a sum of more than 100,000 € in this regard.

What you must remember :

The possibility for the holder of a public contract to be compensated by the State for damage and destruction linked to demonstrations organized on public roads.

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Administration behavior allowing tacit termination of the contract to be revealed

Comportements de l’administration permettant de révéler une résiliation tacite du contrat Comportements de l’administration permettant de révéler une résiliation tacite du contrat

CE December 11, 2020, Copra Mediterranean Company, req. n °427616

In this judgment, the Council of State specifies the cases in which a contract must be regarded as tacitly terminated when, by his behavior, the public person must be regarded as having decided to terminate, unequivocally, the contractual relations.

 What you must remember :

 Point n ° 1: The termination of a contract results in principle from an express decision of the contracting public entity

 The termination of a public contract results in principle from an express decision of the contracting public entity.

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Successive pre-contractual referrals: it's possible as long as the contract is not signed!

Référés précontractuels successifs : c’est possible tant que le contrat n’est pas signé ! Référés précontractuels successifs : c’est possible tant que le contrat n’est pas signé !

CE December 8, 2020, Sté Pompes funèbres funérarium, n °440704

As long as the contract is not signed, a candidate evicted or prevented from participating in a publicity and competition procedure can introduce several successive pre-contractual summary proceedings. Only the signing of the contract renders the pre-contractual summary inadmissible.

What you must remember :

Point n ° 1: The possibility of introducing several successive pre-contractual summary proceedings as long as the contract has not been signed 

The introduction of a pre-contractual summary is not locked into any particular time limit. Article L 551-1 of the CJA only indicates that the judge must be consulted before the contract is concluded. Thus, the fact that more than two months have elapsed between the notification of the rejection of the offer and the lodging of the request has no effect on the admissibility of the latter since the contract is not yet signed (CE December 14, 2009, municipality of La Roche-sur-Yon, n ° 325830).

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Assigning a qualifying technical score is not illegal under certain conditions

Attribuer une note technique éliminatoire n’est pas illégal sous certaines conditions Attribuer une note technique éliminatoire n’est pas illégal sous certaines conditions

TA Versailles, Ord. September 21, 2020, Sté Atelier Jean-Baptiste Chapuis, n °2005666

The pre-contractual summary judge of the Administrative Court of Versailles recalls that no text or principle prohibits a public purchaser from providing for the attribution of an eliminatory technical score once this information has been brought to the attention of the all the candidates. However, in the event of a dispute, the level of elimination may be checked by the judge who will then take into account the specific nature of the services.

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The Council of State establishes the right for a public purchaser to terminate an irregular contract

Le Conseil d’Etat consacre le droit pour un acheteur public de résilier un contrat irrégulier Le Conseil d’Etat consacre le droit pour un acheteur public de résilier un contrat irrégulier

CE July 10, 2020, Company Comptoir Négoce Equipment, req. n °430864

In this judgment, the Council of State specifies the conditions under which a public purchaser can unilaterally terminate a contract tainted with irregularity as well as the terms of compensation of the co-contractor.

Palmier-Brault-Associés is very honored to be at the origin of this jurisprudential advance!

What you must remember :

Point n ° 1: The textual consecration of the unilateral termination provision for reasons of general interest

In its judgment of July 10, 2020, the Council of State first of all recalls the jurisprudential principle according to which under the general rules applicable to administrative contracts, the contracting public entity can always, for a reason of general interest, unilaterally terminate such a contract, subject to the rights to compensation of its co-contracting party (CE 2 May 1985, Distillerie de Magnac-Laval, Lebon, p.246).

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The establishment of the market balance by the judge of provisional summary proceedings

L’établissement du solde du marché par le juge du référé provision L’établissement du solde du marché par le juge du référé provision

CE June 10, 2020, Sté BONAUD, req. n ° 425993

In its judgment of June 10, 2020, Sté BONAUD, the Council of State recalls that in application of article 13.4.2 of CCAG-TX, the holder of a public works contract can seize the administrative judge including via a provisional interim payment if, 30 days after the notification of the formal notice to the public purchaser for the establishment of the market statement, the latter still has not produced this account being then specified that the production of said counting during the proceedings does not make the request lose its object 

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What control of the weighting of the tender judgment criteria?

Quel contrôle de la pondération des critères de jugement des offres ? Quel contrôle de la pondération des critères de jugement des offres ?

CE June 10, 2020, Minister of the Armed Forces, req. n ° 431194

The public purchaser freely determines the weighting of the criteria for judging the offers. However, it cannot legally use a weighting, in particular for the price criterion, which clearly would not allow, having regard to the characteristics of the market, to select the economically most advantageous offer. The control of the judge is however limited to a limited control concerning the relevance of the weighting chosen by the public purchaser.

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Interest in contesting the validity of a contract by the regional council of the order of architects

Intérêt à contester la validité d’un contrat par le conseil régional de l'ordre des architectes Intérêt à contester la validité d’un contrat par le conseil régional de l'ordre des architectes

CE June 3, 2020, Department of Loire Atlantique, req. n ° 426938

The National Council of Architects and the Regional Council of the Order of Architects have standing to contest the validity of a contract entered into in violation of Law No. 77-2 of the Law of January 3, 1977 on architecture. On the other hand, they have no quality to contest the reasons retained by a public buyer to legally resort to a design-build contract.

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Incompetence of the judge of the pre-contractual summary procedure to control the competence of the public purchaser who launches the procedure!

Incompétence du juge du référé précontractuel pour contrôler la compétence de l’acheteur public qui lance la procédure ! Incompétence du juge du référé précontractuel pour contrôler la compétence de l’acheteur public qui lance la procédure !

CE June 9, 2020, Métropole Nice-Côte d'Azur, req. n ° 436922

In this case, the Council of State confirms its case-law according to which it is not for the judge of the pre-contractual summary procedure to control the competence of the public purchaser who launches the procedure. The sole circumstance that the procedure for the conclusion of the contract is initiated and conducted by a public person who is not yet competent to sign it does not result in the irregularity of the procedure for the conclusion of the procedure.

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Notice of award: what are the obligatory terms to apply the appeal periods?

Avis d’attribution : quelles mentions obligatoires pour faire courir les délais de recours ? Avis d’attribution : quelles mentions obligatoires pour faire courir les délais de recours ?

CE June 3, 2020, Avignon hospital center, req. n ° 428845

The bottom line: The publication of an award notice which mentions both the conclusion of the contract and the terms of its consultation makes it possible to start the period for appealing against the contract, regardless of whether it is does not indicate the date of conclusion of the contract.

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