Judge to rule soon in Paragon no-bid contract lawsuit

A judge says he will rule soon on a request by Governor Bob Riley to dismiss a lawsuit filed by legislators challenging a computer contract issued by Riley's administration.

Jefferson County Circuit Judge Tom King heard nearly an hour of arguments Thursday morning about the lawsuit filed by members of the Legislature's Contract Review Committee. The governor's attorney argued that the committee has no legal standing to sue over the contract with Paragon Source.

The committee's attorney said the contract should have been bid and needs to be declared void. Officials in the Riley administration say Paragon is the only company that can do the work.

King indicated he will rule by early January. He got the case after all of Montgomery's circuit judges stepped aside.

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