The DSI lawsuit comes several months after DTA filed its own lawsuit alleging “rigging” in the awarding of a state contract to provide security for the Alabama Statehouse where lawmakers meet in Montgomery. A judge later tossed the lawsuit.
However, Montgomery Circuit Court Gene Reese said legislative officials should have been more specific on bid documents. The judge said, ultimately, security services are not regulated by the state’s bid law.
The DTA lawsuit alleged that DSI owner Alan Clark and House Speaker Mike Hubbard engaged in improper conduct in relation to the bid process. DTA attorney, Rep. Joe Hubbard, made the allegations on behalf of the company. Joe Hubbard is not related to Speaker Mike Hubbard.
“We were on the receiving end of some very upsetting and untrue allegations,” said DSI Chief Operating Officer Eddie Sorrells. “We were forced to respond to allegations of bid rigging and corruption,” he said. The lawsuit claims DTA is guilty of making malicious and libelous statements through its attorney.
Sorrells said the lawsuit was filed by its attorney, Adam Jones, to make sure the public understands that DSI did nothing wrong. Sorrells points out that DSI has been in Dothan for more than four decades and has grown into a national company with a good reputation.
“This lawsuit is about getting our reputation back and responding to the allegations made against this company. All I can tell you we were on the receiving end of unsettling and very untrue allegations,” he said. The lawsuit seeks unspecified damages.
Sorrells points to the massive media coverage of the original lawsuit—the one filed by DTA---as a reason some people could have concluded DSI may have done something wrong.
The latest lawsuit won’t go to court until at least 2014.