Alabama State Auditor files class action suit over STAARS accounting system

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Alabama State Auditor Jim Zeigler is suing Gov. Bentley over timing of special election for U.S. Senate seat.

MONTGOMERY, Ala. – Court records show State Auditor Jim Zeigler filed suit against Governor Robert Bentley, acting Finance Director Bill Newston, Attorney General Luther Strange, and CGI Technology and Solutions Inc., over the state’s accounting system, known as STAARS. Zeigler’s lawsuit not only claims standing as the State Auditor, but also as a taxpayer in Alabama. In fact, it seeks class action status for all taxpayers whose taxes fund payment of STAARS.

The very first paragraph of the suit refers to the State of Alabama Accounting and Resource System (STAARS) contract as illegal.

The lawsuit claims contracts for the purchase of computer software must be competitively bid in Alabama. It argues the original 1982 contract for Alabama’s accounting system was improperly amended without competitive bids.

It cites the cost of the system at approximately $47 million.

The lawsuit looks for CGI Inc. to pay the state back and for the state to rescind the contract.

Read the complaint here.