American Eurocopter, the manufacturer of Maryland's medevac fleet, has dropped its protest of the state's bidding process to acquire new helicopters that are expected to cost more than $50 million. The company, which did not submit a bid, had filed a formal protest saying the process was flawed because it favored another company and would lead to the purchase of helicopters that are more expensive than necessary. The Maryland Department of Transportation denied American Eurocopter's protest last month. The company then wrote to Gov. Martin O'Malley, saying that it would not appeal or litigate the decision.
- Laura Smitherman