- Associated Press - Tuesday, September 2, 2014

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - Democratic attorney general candidate Joe Hubbard has settled a lawsuit accusing him of defaming a security company.

The settlement, announced Tuesday, includes a statement by Hubbard that DSI Security Services won a state contract in a fair and open process. Hubbard said the settlement did not involve any financial payment.

Hubbard, a Montgomery lawyer and state legislator, represented National Security of Alabama when it filed a lawsuit last year challenging the award of a legislative security contract to DSI Security Services. The suit alleged the Republican speaker of the Alabama House had ties to DSI. DSI said no relationship existed.

A Montgomery judge dismissed the suit against DSI last September, and then DSI sued Hubbard in December.

Hubbard said Tuesday the claims in the original lawsuit were based on miscommunication. He said it became apparent at a court hearing that no improper relationship existed.

“I regret that this lawsuit may have called into question the ethical standards of DSI in any way, and that it may have been construed by some to suggest that DSI had been party to illegal or improper conduct,” he said.

Hubbard called DSI “an Alabama success story” and said it has provided exceptional service to the Legislature at the Statehouse.

DSI’s chief operating officer, Eddie Sorrells, confirmed the settlement called for Hubbard to issue a statement.

Hubbard faces Republican Attorney General Luther Strange in the general election Nov. 4.

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