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Monday, February 27, 2012

Ind. Courts - "State-IBM trial over canceled welfare contract begins today: Millions of dollars at stake in dueling lawsuits"

"Opening arguments will begin at 9 a.m. today in Marion Superior Court" reports Carrie Ritchie in this story in today's Indianapolis Star. The story begins:

Gov. Mitch Daniels will not have to testify in dueling lawsuits over the state's canceled welfare modernization contract with IBM, but his public comments about the venture will play a significant role in the trial, which begins today.

IBM plans to use statements in which Daniels praised the company and outlined his expectations for the project to show that IBM did what it was supposed to do.

"This case is all about the state running away from what the governor said publicly, what he said privately and what he did, his actions, for years," said IBM's attorney, Steve McCormick. "Governor Daniels has been the gift that's kept on giving in this case."

Peter Rusthoven, who is representing the state's Family and Social Services Administration in this case, said IBM is trying to draw attention away from its own mistakes.

"Our argument is pretty simple," Rusthoven said. "We hired them to do something. They didn't do it."

The trial is scheduled to last six weeks, and much of that time will be spent going over the meaning of the contract's language.

Here is a long list of earlier ILB entries relating to the IBM contract.

This ILB entry from Jan. 13, 2007, contained a link to the actual 180-page contract. Unfortunately, the contract appears to have been removed by FSSA.

Posted by Marcia Oddi on February 27, 2012 06:37 AM
Posted to Indiana Courts