A three-member evaluation committee, led by Law's deputy, Dadisman, reviewed the bids and decided the contract should go to Ohio-based Fahlgren Mortine.
The committee's room for error was small: Of 100 possible points, Fahlgren received 93.96 in the scoring process. The Arnold Agency received 93 points and was the lowest bidder.
At that point, Law, Perry and Taylor became involved to varying degrees.
Law said Tuesday he could not yet talk in detail about what happened, but he said, "I just wanted to make sure everything was done correctly."
Law said he thought the award going to the highest bidder unjustifiably could have caused bad press.
A later review of bid documents by the Daily Mail found Fahlgren benefited from multiple judgment calls that could have swung the outcome of the contract to The Arnold Agency.
After reviewing the scoring, Taylor found the decision "legally indefensible," according to the lawsuit she filed against DHHR.
The DHHR inspector general has finished his investigation and filed a report within the last month with Kanawha County Prosecuting Attorney Mark Plants, according to The Associated Press.
It's still a pending investigation, Plants said Tuesday, but "I suspect that by the end of the month we'll have a decision made based on the evidence."
Like Perry and Taylor, Law has continued to receive work assignments and pay since July. Law said he's been compiling news summaries, reviewed department manuals and wrote an agency guide for communications from home.
While Law has not previously filed suit as Perry and Taylor have, he told the AP Tuesday that he now must consider all options to protect his interests.
"That may be inevitable," Law said regarding a legal challenge.
Ironically, just days before DHHR announced it would fire Law, another bidder in a separate and much more lucrative contract accused two DHHR senior officials of failing to take the step Law took with the marketing contract.
Atlanta-based Xerox is challenging the outcome of a $248 million computer contract DHHR signed last month with California-based Molina Medicaid Solutions.
Molina holds the current contract for a complex computer system to process Medicaid claims. It also just won a new, decade-long contract. The new contract is perhaps the largest in state government history.
Among other things, Xerox alleges that Molina officials had special access to DHHR officials because they had contract with Ed Dolly and Tina Bailes, two senior DHHR officials who were also deciding who would win the new contract. Xerox said this presented a conflict.
In other words, Xerox is accusing Dolly and Bailes of failing to take the same step Law took when it came time to award a new marketing contract.
Dadisman, who became DHHR's top spokeswoman following Law's absence, said the department was not investigating Bailes or Dolly's actions.