The Spokesman-Review's Betsy Russell reports that the state has paid the Boise law firm Holland & Hart "$540,479 and counting." Citing public records, Russell notes that the last bill was paid March 8.
The state gave up its three-year battle with former Idaho Transportation Department Director Pam Lowe, settling the lawsuit but agreeing to seal the records. So far, it is unclear how much, if any, the state paid Lowe for back wages and other damages after her allegation she was dismissed because of gender discrimination and politics.
Among Lowe's allegations was that she resisted pressure from aides to Gov. Butch Otter when she moved to trim spending on a $50 million road-building management contract with URS Corp. and CH2M Hill, two engineering companies that contributed to Otter's campaign.
Russell asked Otter, who appoints the Idaho Transportation Board that fired Lowe, about the matter Tuesday. Said Otter: “I'm not sure I'm allowed to say anything about anything - everything's sealed.”
The state and Lowe confirmed the settlement Monday.
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