In County of Santa Clara v. Superior Court (Atlantic Richfield Co.), 161 Cal. App. 4th 1140 (2008), the California Court of Appeal held that public entities may, in certain circumstances, hire outside attorneys to handle “ordinary civil cases” on a contingency-fee basis.
Yesterday, the California Supreme Court granted review.
The petition for review and other briefs can be found here.
Hat tip to (and more coverage at) The UCL Practitioner.