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Wednesday, May 14, 2008

Updated: Great New Case on Disclosure of Agency Attorney Invoices

Updated: The Olympian's Politics Blog covers the West decision and quotes og-blog. Here's the original posting on og-blog:


Division II of the Court of Appeals issued this great decision today in West v. Thurston County.

It involves a request for Thurston County's outside-counsel legal invoices in a sexual harassment suit. In response to requests for these very records, the Legislature passed a special law saying, in essence, turn these records over. The County's outside lawyer, Michael Patterson, still fought to prevent disclosure. Now the County owes the requestor penalties and costs, and must also (ironically) pay the legal invoices from Michael Patterson for defending this appeal.

Oh, well. It really isn't anyone's money.