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Supervisors Vote to Hire Litigation Manager

November 13, 2002|From Times Staff Reports

The Board of Supervisors voted Tuesday to hire a "litigation cost manager" in an effort to trim Los Angeles County's tab for lawyers' fees, legal fees, judgments and settlements -- a bill that reached $167 million last year.

The vote comes after months of wrangling between the county counsel's office, which handles claims and lawsuits against the county, and the board, which approves some settlements.

County supervisors, anticipating a total budget deficit of at least $332 million over the next three years, have become increasingly critical of the county counsel's handling of cases.

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