Tenix raises Oakton claim to $26m

Tenix has raised its $19 million claim over IT services company Oakton to $26 million as the two continued their legal stoush in the Victorian Supreme Court last Friday.

Tenix has raised its $19 million claim over IT services company Oakton to $26 million as the two continued their legal stoush in the Victorian Supreme Court last Friday.

(Gavel image by Elaine Y, CC2.0)

Tenix has requested a stay of proceedings at a directions hearing last Friday, with the company now pushing for the matter to be put to arbitration.

Each party has claimed it is owed millions related to a contract that Tenix Solutions had won in 2007 to supply the Victorian Department of Justice with its Infringement Management and Enforcement Services (IMES) system.

Tenix in February appears to have attempted to bump Oakton from a contract which involved the design, build and testing of software for the system and has, according to Oakton, lodged a damages claim for over $19 million.

On Friday Oakton claimed Tenix had raised its claim to $26 million. Oakton has also commenced its own proceedings, suing for $12 million and has claimed that Tenix wrongfully terminated the contract.

Oakton now has disputed Tenix's push for arbitration, issuing a statement that compliance with decisions that may come from arbitration would be invalid due to how Tenix handed the contract's repudiation.

Tenix has been a long term supplier to the Victorian Government's Department of Justice, but when it retained the IMES contract in 2007, it also lost a Traffic Camera Services to services company Serco.

Tenix declined to comment to ZDNet.com.au when contacted. ZDNet.com.au is awaiting a response from Oakton's chief executive, Neil Wilson.

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