IBM files court motion to depose Ind. gov., aide

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Posted: Mar 30, 2011 4:16 PM
IBM files court motion to depose Ind. gov., aide

IBM Corp. wants to depose Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels and a top aide in lawsuits over its cancelled $1.37 billion contract to automate intake for state welfare clients.

A lawyer for IBM filed a brief in Marion Superior Court on Tuesday opposing the state's request for an order shielding Daniels and Chief of Staff Earl Goode from giving depositions in lawsuits stemming from Daniels' decision to fire IBM from its 10-year contract in 2009.

IBM argues Daniels and Goode were instrumental in the decision to outsource call centers, document imaging and other automation at the heart of the project.

Problems including dropped calls, long hold times and missing documents led Daniels to fire IBM.

A message seeking comment was left with a lawyer representing the state.