Warren courtroom’s community supplier, metropolis attain deal in authorized dispute – Macomb Every day

The city of Warren and its district court case-management system provider reached a separation agreement Friday in their legal dispute that will end their 30-year partnership next year.

The city and Quad-Tran settled their lawsuit in which Quad-Tran gains higher fees over the next six months, but their contract ends in six months in January 2022. The city at that time will move to a new provider for the service.

Attorney Raechel Badalamenti, representing the city, said both sides are satisfied with the outcome.

“The city is happy that it is moving to a new vendor and Quad-Tran is happy that it will receive increased compensation that the city probably would have to pay anyway,” Badalamenti said Friday.

The city sued Quad-Tran last Sept. 30 after the vendor refused to sign an agreement the two sides had tentatively reached in early August. Quad-Tran bulked at language that required it to assist and cooperate with 37th District Court officials if they moved to a new vendor. The city wanted the language due to a a situation experienced by another court that ended a deal with Quad-Tran, she said.

Quad-Tran, based in Southfield, wanted higher fees if it was going to agree to the language.

Negotiations continued unsuccessfully for several months. On July 7, Quad-Tran pulled the plug on the service, leaving the court without its network computer system to operate, track cases and notify attorneys, among other functions.

It was restored Tuesday after four business days; an initial emergency hearing was held that day.

Badalamenti said.Quad-Tran will receive higher fees and will work with the city as it moves to a new vendor. She credited Judge Richard Caretti of Macomb County Circuit Court for persevering in his role as a mediator for the parties to reach the deal. The judge worked with the parties in off-the-record telephone conversations for nearly six hours Friday, she said.

“Fortunately, we were very lucky to have Judge Caretti assigned this case,” she said. “He worked very hard to get a deal worked out.”

Macomb County Circuit Judge Richard Caretti.MACOMB DAILY PHOTO

She said a breakthrough occurred when the two sides came to the conclusion they would part ways

“The relationship will end amicably,” she said.

Badalamenti was in frequent contact with Court Administrator Annette Gattari-Ross and some City Council members as negotiations progressed. The deal is tentative pending the approval by the council.

Quad-Tran will receive an approximately 20% jump in fees during the six-month period, Badalamenti reported. The city had been paying roughly $9,000 per month before previously. She said some of the fees are dependent on work load so the price isn’t fixed. Contents of the deal are confidential for competitive reasons, she said.

City and court officials, meanwhile, will look toward finding a new vendor, she said.

The city is responsible for Badalamenti’s legal fees, which have not yet been determined.

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