Lefkowitz said the state must, at least, pay for the IBM equipment it kept when it canceled the contract.
"It makes perfect sense you have to buy this equipment if you want to use it," he said.
And Rusthoven returned to the central argument that IBM officials painted a rosy picture of improved operations and reduced costs when they sold the state on the contract, but quickly changed their tune when problems started popping up.
"Now, all of the sudden (they say), 'We're just the Geek Squad from Best Buy doing what you tell us to do,'" Rusthoven said.
Appeals Judge John G. Baker did not offer a specific timeline for issuing an opinion in the case.