This is lawyer Daniel J. Klau’s reaction (in his online blog called Appealingly Brief!) to this Capitol Watch item, posted Tuesday about the U.S. Supreme Court’s denial of ex-Gov. John G. Rowland’s request for it to review a federal appeals court decision last May 31 in favor of state employee union. The unions sued over Rowland’s layoff of 2,800 workers in 2003.
Klau said he believes the matter needs to be put in context, and he does so at length in his blog item.
The court case has dragged on for a decade — and now Rowland, represented by Klau under an agreement with the state attorney general’s office, wants to continue his fight at the U.S. District Court level here in Connecticut.
Meanwhile, state Attorney General George Jepsen has moved in a different direction in the case — and is trying to negotiate a settlement with the unions.
Although Tuesday’s Capitol Watch item noted that Klau’s law firm is being paid to represent Rowland and his former budget chief (who both were named individually as defendants by the unions) — the amount paid was not available.
However, it became available on Wednesday: Jepsen spokeswoman Jaclyn Falkowski said that the state has paid $130,644 to the Hartford law firm where Klau is “of counsel” – McElroy, Deutsch, Mulvaney & Carpenter — since this past Aug. 1.
All told, the state has paid $942,026 to several outside law firms, including Klau’s, in the decade-old case, Falkowski said.
She said that “prior to August 2013, private counsel represented both the state and the individual capacity defendants” — those individuals being Rowland and his former budget chief, Marc Ryan. But in early August, Jepsen’s office decided its in-house staff should represent the state after the May 31 appeals court decision. Klau’s firm continued to represent Rowland and Ryan.
It appears that most or all of the $130,644 that’s been paid since Aug. 1 to Klau’s firm was for representation of Rowland and Ryan — but Falkowski said that it was impossible to quickly break out how much more of the total $942,026 had been spent to represent those two, as opposed to the state.