Dallas - High-profile Texas investor and entrepreneur Sam Wyly has filed an $80 million suit against Big Four firm Ernst & Young, charging that the firm's audits of troubled Computer Associates influenced his decision to sell his company, Sterling Software, to CA in a stock transaction.Wyly's suit, which was filed in Texas District Court here, said that he relied on E&Y audits for CA's fiscal 1999 to sell his company to the concern for stock. Roughly one month later CA's shares plunged some 12 percent when its earnings reports were delayed, and then fell further when the company failed to make its earnings forecast. Computer Associates replaced E&Y in 1999 with Big Four rival KPMG.

"We believe the case is without merit," said an E&Y spokesman.

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