The State Worker

Chronicling civil-service life for California state workers

August 19, 2010
Schwarzenegger hires second law firm to fight for furloughs

The Department of Personnel Administration has retained a second law firm to handle furlough litigation.

Hanson Bridgett has a contract capped at $500,000. That's in addition to the $1.75 million contract the administration has with Sacramento-based Kronick, Moskovitz, Tiedemann & Girard of Sacramento.

DPA tells us that Hanson Bridgett, which has offices in San Francisco, was brought in due to the proliferation of furlough litigation in Bay Area courts.

We've asked DPA for a copy of the Hanson contract. The funds to pay Kronick and Hanson come out of the general fund, so the governor's outside furlough lawsuit representation won't be paid for services rendered after June 30 until a 2010-11 budget is in place.

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