Feeds

Louisiana judge holds Dell in contempt

Dell making a 'mockery' of system in New Orleans brouhaha

Top 5 reasons to deploy VMware with Tegile

A Louisiana judge found Dell in contempt of court Thursday after berating the eponymous computer vendor for making a "mockery" of the system though haphazard retrieval of evidence for a lawsuit that alleges corruption in the city of New Orleans' crime-camera program.

The Associated Press reports that Judge Rosemary Ledet called the company's conduct "unconscionable" after hearing arguments that Dell failed to use obvious searches for keywords like "camera" when retrieving internal emails and documents concerning Dell executives, including CEO Michael Dell.

Ledet ordered Dell to pay $25,000 in sanctions for the alleged slight.

Dell was originally fingered in 2007 in a lawsuit claiming that Greg Meffert, then the city of New Orleans' chief technology officer, conspired with Dell and city contractors to supply the town's crime cameras through dirty dealing. The lawsuit was filed by Southern Electronics and Active Solutions, suppliers of the city's crime-camera program.

New Orleans mayor Ray Nagin's administration then filed a "cross-claim" against Dell alleging that the company misused a state deal designed to let municipalities buy certain tech items quickly and at a fair price. The city's lawyers allege that Dell knew the purchasing agreement didn't include the sale of cameras and deliberately hid the deal's shortcomings.

According to an earlier report from the New Orleans Times-Picayune, the plaintiffs quote a Dell sales rep asking a New Orleans city hall subcontractor in an email: "Can we use a different word than camera in the description, as we are not allowed to sell cameras on our contract. I'm thinking video capture module or something like that."

The lawsuit against Dell is playing out amidst a controversy centered on Meffert, who allegedly charged more than $130,000 to a city subcontractor's credit card for expenses that included a trip for mayor Nagin's family to Jamaica and a San Francisco vacation for Meffert that includes a $2,700 bill at a strip club.

Dell has asked that the civil lawsuit against it be pushed back from its September deadline, saying it needs time for further deposition and discovery. The AP reports judge Ledet will revisit Dell's request for a continuance in August. ®

Remote control for virtualized desktops

More from The Register

next story
Patch NOW! Microsoft slings emergency bug fix at Windows admins
Vulnerability promotes lusers to domain overlords ... oops
You really need to do some tech support for Aunty Agnes
Free anti-virus software, expires, stops updating and p0wns the world
Mozilla, EFF, Cisco back free-as-in-FREE-BEER SSL cert authority
Let’s Encrypt to give HTTPS-everywhere a boost in 2015
Meet OneRNG: a fully-open entropy generator for a paranoid age
Kiwis to seek random investors for crowd-funded randomiser
USB coding anarchy: Consider all sticks licked
Thumb drive design ruled by almighty buck
Attack reveals 81 percent of Tor users but admins call for calm
Cisco Netflow a handy tool for cheapskate attackers
prev story

Whitepapers

Choosing cloud Backup services
Demystify how you can address your data protection needs in your small- to medium-sized business and select the best online backup service to meet your needs.
A strategic approach to identity relationship management
ForgeRock commissioned Forrester to evaluate companies’ IAM practices and requirements when it comes to customer-facing scenarios versus employee-facing ones.
High Performance for All
While HPC is not new, it has traditionally been seen as a specialist area – is it now geared up to meet more mainstream requirements?
Mitigating web security risk with SSL certificates
Web-based systems are essential tools for running business processes and delivering services to customers.
Intelligent flash storage arrays
Tegile Intelligent Storage Arrays with IntelliFlash helps IT boost storage utilization and effciency while delivering unmatched storage savings and performance.