Mortenson sues city for records wanted for convention center scandal defense

Business Den: Mortenson has sued the city of Denver for access to various documents as the construction company looks to defend itself against alleged wrongdoing related to bidding for the expansion of the Colorado Convention Center.

The Minneapolis-based company filed a lawsuit against the city’s Department of Public Works in Denver District Court last Wednesday, asking a judge to force the city to produce records the company requested in late December.

The company said it has received 1,279 documents in response to its request, but believes it should have received more, given that the expansion budget exceeds $200 million.

“Simply put, it defies credulity that a project of this magnitude would generate less than 1,300 documents responsive to the CORA request, but the City has repeatedly refused to offer a plausible explanation for its sparse production,” the lawsuit reads.

Asked for comment Friday morning, a spokeswoman for the Public Works department said it had not yet been served with the lawsuit.

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