Back in 2005, the county of Marin ordered a software system to deal with financial and personnel management. However, the county claims it was sold a dud, and in response, filed a lawsuit against software vendor SAP under the allegation that the county was sold a $30 million system that would not work. The county is even arguing in court that Ernest Culver, a former assistant county auditor, continued to manage the dud because the software company bribed him with a job (he took a position with SAP after the software lemon went nowhere).
In an update, the County's racketeering claims, for the most part, were dismissed by a judge due to a lack of evidence with respect to claims of mail fraud, wire fraud and conspiracy. However, the judge would not agree to completely dismiss the charges against Culver. The judge wrote, “Although a thin reed, the Court finds the County has alleged sufficient facts to state a plausible claim of bribery.” The Marin Journal also points out that “The judge also rejected Culver's claim that he is immune from the lawsuit because he was acting in his capacity as a public official.”
The county has already spent $2.5 million on the legal fight and the Board of Supervisors recently agreed to dish out another $1 million to see the case to its end. The county wants to prove that SAP and Deloitte Consulting LLP tried to hide the inevitable failings of the software and were unable to set it up properly.
The county has some time to amend its lawsuit to "correct the deficiencies" in its claims.