The total now paid by the state to defend its firing of the former director of the Idaho Transportation Department has reached $556,239 after an additional payment of $15,760 made Friday.
The news came Monday from the state controller's office, in response to a public records request. Through March, the Boise law firm of Holland & Hart had been paid $540,479 to represent the state.
Lowe sued in 2009 over her firing, alleging gender discrimination and political pressure to go easy on contractors who had made campaign contributions to Gov. Butch Otter.
It remains unclear how much, if any, the state will pay Lowe and/or her lawyers for agreeing to settle the case. Acting Controller Brandon Woolf said no money has yet been paid through the controller to Lowe or her attorneys.
A public records request from the Statesman to the Department of Administration's risk management division is pending. To date, state officials have said the formal details of the settlement announced last month have yet to be completed.
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