A long list of law suits and even criminal charges have been brought
against many of the best known government technology providers. The
accusations include bribery, computer piracy, improper access by foreign
entities, privacy breaches, inadequate customer service,
questionable business practices, unjust enrichment, stock option
backdating, and foreign ownership.
Nebraska is suing Abacus Business Systems and the company's owners, Will
and Joanne Bennett, for repayment of what the county believes was
over billing for computer services totaling more than $1.7 million.
Grand Island Independent
Deputies in Texas and Police in Florida Scammed
According to a complaint filed by the U.S. attorney's
office for the Southern District of Florida in Miami. five men ranging
in age from nineteen to twenty four are accused of scamming their
way into databases used by law enforcement.
attempts by ACS to land a $90-million twenty-year no-bid contract.
Computer Systems (ACS)
Class-action complaint related to its stock-option practices.
(Sept-07-06) Dallas Morning News
If you are an ACS shareholder
Affiliated Computer Services Inc.
A class action lawsuit has been filed against Affiliated
Computer Services Inc. Charges against the computer services firm are
related to its stock option practices. The lawsuit was filed in U.S.
District Court in the Northern District of Texas and alleges breaches of
Computer Systems Inc.
Class action alleges vendor
collected twice on parking tickets.
ACS and 24
Public Employees' Retirement System asked ACS and twenty four other
companies to respond to questions about published media allegations of
stock option backdating practices The other companies included
Altera Corporation, American Tower, Analog Devices, Brooks Automation,
Caremark, Comverse Technology, F5 Networks Inc., Jabil Circuit Inc.,
KLA-Tencor Corp., Maxim Integrated Products, McAfee, Meade Instruments,
Medarex Inc., Nvidia Corp., Openwave Systems, Power Integrations Inc.,
RSA Security, Safenet Inc., Semtech Corp., Sepracor Inc., Sycamore
Networks, Trident Microsystems, UnitedHealth Group, and Vitesse
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International / DigiCourt
Federal Court found
that Aditya International of India infringed on a copyright held by
Digital Filing Systems of Novi, Michigan. Judge ordered county imaging
software destroyed. Fourteen counties in Texas received cease and desist
orders . . . (Oct-01-05) News for
All Vendors Processing Records Overseas
In 2001, Indian workers at Ohio-based
Heartland Information Services, threatened to release confidential
medical records online unless they received a cash payment from the
company.3 In 2003, a Pakistani medical transcriber, subcontracting with
the University of California at San Francisco (UCSF) medical center,
threatened to do the same.4 Neither
(September 2005) OUTSOURCING PRIVACY
Staff Report - U.S. House of Representatives
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seeking class action status in regards to how the state allows public
access to drivers' personal information. federal privacy law prohibits
the plaintiffs from suing the state, so the suits were filed against the
companies who are buying the records.
designed by contractor Computer Associates International Inc. -- already
paid more than $6 million by the state -- doesn't work. No one knew it
would fail until 2 1/2 years into the project, said members of the
Indiana Supreme Court's Judicial Technology and Automation Committee,
which is in charge of the project.
Indiana Law Blog
Associates International Inc. (CA)
and Stephen Richards, the former chief executive officer and head of
worldwide sales at Computer Associates International Inc. plead guilty
to obstruction of justice. Allegedly lied to representatives of the SEC,
FBI and U.S. Attorney's Office.
Sciences Corporation (CSC), an information technology and business
services company, agreed to pay $1,370,000 to settle allegations that it
solicited and received improper payments and other things of value on
technology contracts with government agencies...
Convergys and the Department
of Management Services admit that personnel data for some state
employees wound up in India.
state wants $5 million from Convergys, partly to punish the company but
also to help improve its People First system for more than 100,000
workers whose sensitive data could have been compromised.
$2.6 million settlement reached with the State of
California. The suit was filed in regards to glitches in the election
voting systems made by Diebold. (Nov-12-04) [INTERNET WEEK]
of State Kenneth Blackwell owned shares of the voting-machine
manufacturer. A year earlier he was sued by other manufacturers over
contracts that Diebold was up for.
Diebold, Sequoia, ES&S, and Hart InterCivic
The Denver law
firm Wheeler Trigg Kennedy LLP is representing a group to halt the use
of computerized voting systems in elections.
“Overall, this election was handled in such a way that we
have no reason for confidence in the results,” famed election attorney
Paul Lehto said of California’s 50th Congressional District special
election between Francine Busby and Brian Bilbray.
The Raw Story
Election Systems and Software
filed a lawsuit against the Omaha based company alleging faulty ballot
design, uncertified software for tabulating votes, inadequate customer
service, and questionable business practices since the 2003 general
election. ES&S has agreed to pay a service credit of $750,000 cash to the
county election board, another $750,000 to cover the cost of printing kits
for electronic voting machines for the disabled, and it will also reimburse
all legal expenses incurred at $217,000 in cash.
Convergys accuses GDXdata of Denver of misleading them,
which let government records slip overseas placing 100,000
government workers at risk
to keep Travis County from using its electronic voting system in upcoming
elections, an Austin civil rights group claims in a lawsuit filed Wednesday
that the system violates state law because it doesn't produce paper ballots.
(June-05-06) News for
Supreme Court Justice Steve Smith believes that the final tally does
not include legal votes cast for Smith in Armstrong, Cass, Childress,
Dimmit, Kent, Limestone and Lynn counties. Final tally may include
illegal votes for Willett in Galveston, Gregg, Tarrant and Winkler
counties and does not include legal votes for Smith in Gregg, Tarrant
and Winkler counties.
Justice announced a $9 million settlement agreement to resolve
allegations that the company overcharged the government.
Lawsuits filed in Florida,
Ohio and Missouri
violated the Driver's Privacy and Protection Act by placing ads in
News for Public
According to federal
prosecutors, the County Clerk received $60,000 bribe to provide the
county's imaging and database contract. (July-18-06)
State Pension Board
1,900 retired government employees will be asked to repay an average of
nearly $28,000 each because their pension board put too much money into
benefit accounts in 1999. But a class action lawsuit has been filed on
behalf of Public Employees Retirement System (PERS) retirees, claiming
the Oregon state pension board cannot get back money from retirees by
billing them or lowering their monthly payments, citing a 2003 law that
limits it to taking the money from other PERS accounts. If all employees
pay up, the total will amount to $53 million.
The Segal Group, a
New York-based consulting firm the state of Vermont had used to
help it put the health management contract out to bid was blamed for a
breach that published care providers' sensitive information
including Social Security numbers on the State' Website Human Resources
Commissioner Linda McIntire said in an interview that Gov. Jim Douglas
"is furious, and that's an understatement."
At least several hundred, likely more
doctors, psychologists and others were
put at risk of
U.S. states ask questions about
foreign ownership of Oakland-based Sequoia. (June-19-06) Tri-Valley Herald
(Article no longer available on Web)
Tandem Computers, Inc.
pay the United States $1.9 million to settle allegations it failed to
tell the government about discounts it offered to commercial customers
containing sensitive health and welfare and personal information from
the Canada Employment and Income Assistance ministry have gone missing
from an undisclosed Telus storage facility in Victoria. Poor
record-keeping at the facility, which is run by Telus, means it's
impossible to confirm exactly what happened to the 31 tapes. 'Hundreds
of thousands' of files were on missing tapes.
in Ventura, California filed a $1.7 million civil lawsuit against Tyler.
The suit charges that company officials intentionally and negligently
misrepresented their products and services.
the complaint filed in California Superior Court ."Tyler missed every
single deadline and milestone set forth in the contract and was unable
to make even one of the 19 modules operational,"
Regional Health District officials have stopped paying bills from Tyler
Technologies Inc., a firm they are considering suing for selling them a
$200,000 financial software system they say doesn't work.
As many as
38,000 veterans may be at risk of identity theft because a subcontractor
Unisys lost a desktop computer containing their sensitive personal data.
Unisys said the
information includes names, address, medical information, Social
Security numbers and dates of birth of veterans who sought treatment at
VA medical centers.
Virginia Bureau of Insurance, IT
In an advisory dated
August 8th, 2006, Ken Schrad, Director of Virginia's Division of Information
Resources announced that the State's Bureau of Insurance Website published the
Social Security numbers of every insurance agent licensed in the state. The
personal information of as many as 202,000 agents may have been exposed.
News for Public Officials
A lawsuit filed in
federal court contains an allegation that two Montgomery County Commissioners
leaked information to a favored vendor during contract bidding process.
News for Public Officials
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