Cantu Services, Incorporated v. Melvin Frazier, et al
UNPUBLISHED OPINION FILED. [16-30094 Affirmed] Judge: JLW, Judge: EBC, Judge: SAH. Mandate pull date is 01/10/2017; denying as moot motion for partial dismissal of appeal filed by Appellees Ms. Renee Ellender Roberie, Mr. Curt Eysink, Mr. Kevin Monk, Mr. Joseph Burton, Ms. Janell Bosarge and Mr. Mark S. Martin [8186571-2] [16-30094]
Date Filed: 12/20/2016
IN THE UNITED STATES COURT OF APPEALS
FOR THE FIFTH CIRCUIT
United States Court of Appeals
December 20, 2016
CANTU SERVICES, INCORPORATED, a Texas Corporation,
Lyle W. Cayce
Plaintiff - Appellant
MELVIN LEE FRAZIER; RENEE ELLENDER ROBERIE, Individual and
Official Capacity; CURT EYSINK, Individual and Official Capacity; KEVIN
MONK, Individual and Official Capacity; JANELL BOSARGE, Individual
and Official Capacity; MARK S. MARTIN, Individual and Official Capacity,
Defendants - Appellees
Appeals from the United States District Court
for the Western District of Louisiana
Before WIENER, CLEMENT, and HIGGINSON, Circuit Judges.
The Randolph-Sheppard Act requires the federal government to prefer
hiring blind people as operators of “vending facilities” on federal property. See
20 U.S.C. § 107. Under the Act, the State of Louisiana licenses “blind vendors”
as facility managers. See generally § 107a(a)(5) (authorizing a designated state
agency “to issue licenses to blind persons [to operate] vending facilities on
Pursuant to 5TH CIR. R. 47.5, the court has determined that this opinion should not
be published and is not precedent except under the limited circumstances set forth in 5TH
CIR. R. 47.5.4.
Date Filed: 12/20/2016
Federal and other property”). When the government solicits bids for vending
services, it invites the State, working with a blind vendor, to participate. The
government will award the State and its vendor the contract if they submit a
bid “to provide food service at comparable cost and of comparable high quality
as that available from other providers[.]” 34 C.F.R. § 395.33.
The United States Army maintains a contract under the RandolphSheppard Act for its cafeteria needs at Fort Polk, a training center in Leesville,
Louisiana. Historically, because of the complexity of this arrangement, Fort
Polk’s blind vendor has worked with a “teaming partner”—another person or
entity that specializes in managing large-scale food services contracts. From
2001 to 2012, Cantu Services, Inc. served as the teaming partner to the blind
vendor at Fort Polk.
In 2011, the State of Louisiana selected Melvin “Lee” Frazier as its blind
vendor for future bids on the cafeteria contract at Fort Polk. When the State
selected a different teaming partner to work with Frazier, Cantu Services sued,
asserting due process and equal protection claims against the State Officials
responsible for the decision and a breach-of-contract claim against Frazier.
After two rounds of briefing, the district court granted summary judgment on
the constitutional claims against the State Officials. After two days of trial,
the district court granted Frazier’s motion for judgment as a matter of law on
the breach-of-contract claim.
Based on our review of the briefs, the applicable law, the record, and the
arguments of counsel, we AFFIRM the judgment of the district court. 1
We deny the State Officials’ pending motion to dismiss as moot.
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