A state court judge has ordered the deposition of Dell Inc. Chief Executive Michael Dell in a civil lawsuit over crime cameras in New Orleans.

Judge Rosemary Ledet also said she would set a contempt of court hearing requested by plaintiffs' attorneys over what they see as a piecemeal production of documents by Dell.

Two companies involved with the crime camera system sued in 2007, claiming their system was misappropriated by people within and with ties to New Orleans' technology department. They also allege a conspiracy with Dell to sell the system.

Plaintiffs' attorneys want to know whether Michael Dell and Mayor Ray Nagin discussed crime cameras in 2004.

Trial is currently set for September, though attorneys for Dell are seeking to have that date pushed back.