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Lawyers sue Ala. for legal fees in computer suit

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MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - A Montgomery law firm has filed a lawsuit seeking to force the state Finance Department to pay legal fees for work the firm did for a legislative oversight committee.

The firm of Thomas, Means, Gillis & Seay was hired by the Legislature's Contract Review Committee to stop the state from proceeding with a $13 million unbid computer contract with Paragon Source LLC, a company without a business phone listing or Web site. A Jefferson County judge earlier this year threw out the lawsuit filed to stop the contract.

The state Finance Department then refused to pay the lawyers. In the lawsuit filed Monday, the attorneys asked a Montgomery judge to order the state to pay the legal bill for more than $78,000.

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The Governor's spokesman, Jeff Emerson issued this statement to WSFA 12 News.

"This is just another frivolous and wasteful lawsuit filed by Democrats over this issue.  The first lawsuit they filed about this sole source contract was thrown out of court.  The Democrats continue to waste the people's time and money.  They need to stop."

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