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Pratt won’t try to revive phone contract suit

Baltimore City Comptroller Joan Pratt will not appeal the dismissal of her lawsuit over Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake’s plan to work with Rockville-based Digicon Corp. to install an Internet-based phone system for city employees.

“In order to move our city forward and to encourage more collaboration in the best interest of our city and our citizens, I [have decided] not to appeal,” Pratt said in a news release Thursday. “Baltimore faces many challenges, and I know that our citizens are depending upon its elected officials to uphold the public trust and to work as one city on their behalf.”

Pratt filed her lawsuit in October claiming the mayor’s administration circumvented the city’s competitive bidding process in contracting with Digicon. But Baltimore City Circuit Judge Pamela J. White threw out the suit last month, saying the comptroller did not have “any business suing the mayor and the City Council.”