Robert J. Bentley

Zeigler files lawsuit over state accounting software

State Auditor Jim Zeigler on Thursday filed a lawsuit accusing the governor's administration of breaking state bid law with a contract for accounting software that initially caused a large backlog of unpaid state bills.

Zeigler's lawsuit claims the state wrongly awarded the contract by amending a 1982 contract without using competitive bids. Zeigler said he wants to both "explore" how the contract came to be and have the court void it.

"We will explore the damage which this failed software has caused and continues to cause to state agencies and taxpayers," Zeigler said in a statement issued Friday.

The State of Alabama Accounting and Resource...