The State Worker

Chronicling civil-service life for California state workers

January 6, 2009
State hires firm for furlough lawsuits

Kronick, Moskovitz, Tiedemann & Girard will represent the state in pending lawsuits over Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger's furlough order.

DPA spokeswoman Lynelle Jolley confirmed the hire this afternoon. She couldn't reach anyone in the department to explain the decision to go outside in this instance, but said that such hirings aren't unusual. "Sometimes it's related to workload, other times for the added expertise," she said.

Here's who we know has filed actions in court or with PERB. Click each item for more details and links to documents.

Service Employees International Union Local 1000

California Attorneys, Administrative Law Judges and Hearing Officers in State Employment

California Association of Professional Scientists and Professional Engineers in California Government

CAPS and PECG go to court on Friday. Their attorneys plan to push for a Jan. 30 hearing on the merits of their case. The governor's furlough order takes effect Feb. 1.

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