LOS ANGELES COUNTY : Arguelles to Study Ways to Cut Litigation Costs

The county Board of Supervisors on Tuesday hired retired state Supreme Court Justice John A. Arguelles to investigate ways to reduce the county's litigation costs, which last year exceeded $50 million.

Supervisor Mike Antonovich, who recommended hiring Arguelles, said the former justice will examine possible changes in state law to stop "the flood of frivolous lawsuits" costing taxpayers millions of dollars. Supervisor Ed Edelman said Arguelles also will review how county agencies could reduce their risk of being sued.

Arguelles is now with the law firm of Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher.

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