Gov. Riley agrees to pay law firm in computer pact suit

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - Gov. Bob Riley has agreed for the state to pay a Montgomery law firm that was hired by a legislative committee to sue the governor over an unbid contract.

Tommy Gallion, a Montgomery attorney who represented the law firm, said Wednesday the governor agreed to pay the $78,000 in legal fees sought by the firm of Thomas, Means, Gillis and Seay. Riley also agreed to the payment of about $15,000 to Gallion.

The governor's communications director, Jeff Emerson, confirmed Wednesday the governor had agreed to settle the case to avoid costly, drawn-out litigation.

The settlement came after Jefferson County Circuit Judge Tom King last month denied a motion by Riley and state Comptroller Thomas White to dismiss the lawsuit.

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