Defendant in UTMB computer suit seeks transfer to federal court

John Suayan, Galveston Bureau May 2, 2011, 3:18pm

GALVESTON � Technical Systems Integrators LLC is asking a U.S. District Court Judge Kenneth M. Hoyt to transfer a state court action to federal court.

TSI filed a notice of removal on April 18 in the Galveston Division of the Southern District of Texas, citing diverse citizenship and claiming the amount of money sought by its complainant is enough to warrant the switch.

As the Southeast Texas Record previously reported, Integrative Communications is suing TSI because it reportedly failed to protect its interests at Galveston's University of Texas Medical Branch, a lawsuit filed March 10 in the Galveston County 405th District Court says.

According to the original petition, Integrative alleges breach of contract, fraud and negligent misrepresentation in connection with TSI's termination of a contract.

Both parties had a written agreement dating back to last October which had the complainant integrate approximately 4,500 computer systems at UTMB over a 10-year period.

Integrative asserts that TSI terminated the contract last December and assisted UTMB in hiring its employers away.

The notice shows "the controversy between IC and TSI is between citizens of different states, and complete diversity exists in the present action."

It also contends that IC's demand for $340,000 is more than allowed for diversity jurisdiction, which has a requisite of $75,000.

Alston and Bird LLP is representing TSI while Dorsett, Swift & Clinton LLP is representing IC.

Federal Case No. 3:11-cv-00192
State Case No. 11-cv-0435

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