If Michael Brodkorb's lawyers are faithful to their promise, they'll be filing suit for his wrongful termination by the Minnesota Senate -- acting in the person of Cal Ludeman, Secretary of the Senate -- any time now.
There has been a lot of ink spilled over the strength and weaknesses of Brodkorb's case, and his lawyers' posturing about it, but darn little said about the "inside baseball" part of the suit: who gets to manage it and make the decision to settle -- and for how much -- or hazard a trial. There isn't any question about where the money to settle or pay a judgment comes from, however; the Senate itself is on the hook. (Update: That's true notwithstanding the fact that the situation is entirely of the Republican Caucus' making: it hired Brodkorb; it promoted him to "executive assistant" to Amy Koch; it fired him after painting the Scarlet Letter on Koch.)
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When asked who had the authority, Bottern replied: Cal; it's in the Rules. "Numerous provisions" in fact, according to Bottern.
When pressed multiple times over a span of days: does than mean Cal could decide for himself to settle the case for half a million dollars or pay an unlimited amount in attorneys' fees to defend the case? there has been no reply from Bottern.
Cal sez: you got no stinkin' claim Michael. Millions for defense; not a penny for tribute.
Further update 3/14: