Receiver litigation

Summary:  We represent the federal court-appointed receiver over one part of a large state agency.  In 2006, a contractor began work with the state agency after the receiver was appointed, but without the receiver’s knowledge or approval and without a written contract awarded under state contracting procedure.  The receiver terminated the contractor’s services and declined to pay for the services because they had been rendered without compliance with California public contracting law.  The contractor sued the receiver and the state agency, seeking more than $4 million in damages.

Result:  After several years of litigation, we successfully negotiated a settlement of the case which resulted in the state paying only about one-half the amount which the contractor had sought, while our client, the receiver, was not required to pay any portion of the settlement.


Martin H. Dodd