After paying $1.96 million for a records management system that failed to launch on time, the Collier County Sheriff's Office has refiled a lawsuit for breach of contract against a Michigan-based tech company.
The Sheriff's Office claims the New World Systems Corp. failed to install a new records management, jail management and computer-aided dispatch system by its contractually obligated deadline, court records show. The suit, filed in federal court Wednesday, originally was filed in Collier Circuit Court in April.
The Sheriff's Office and New World Systems reached a contract in April of 2009 that specified a final project deadline of April 28, 2012, according to court records.
Concerned the system would not be completed in time, Sheriff's Office representatives emailed New World Systems in December requesting a meeting, records show. In January, New World representatives proposed three options for completing the system; all were rejected by the Sheriff's Office because they did not conform to the April deadline.
The Sheriff's Office is seeking damages of $15,000 as well as the return of $1.78 million spent on the project, according to the lawsuit. About $182,000 of the total $1.96 million was spent on computer hardware and integrated software that the Sheriff's Office has received and can use, records show.
Sheriff's Office spokeswoman Michelle Batten said it is against the agency's policy to comment on pending litigation.
Tampa attorney Brian Baggot, who is representing New World Systems, referred comment to New World's Vice President of Marketing, John Lichtenberg. Efforts to reach Lichtenberg for comment Friday were unsuccessful.
New World Systems has been accused of installing a faulty courthouse computer system in Schuylkill County, Pa., according to a 2008 article in the Pottsville, Pa., Republican Herald. Officials in Ada County, Idaho, also had problems with New World after its dispatch system gave police wrong or incorrect information and overlooked nearby firefighters for ones farther away, a 2002 article from the Idaho Statesman said.