Private companies that run diversion programs administered by dozens of California district attorneys are now open to legal attack. A 9th Circuit panel ruled Wednesday that state sovereign immunity does not extend to a private contractor hired by the Santa Clara County DA's office to go after individuals who passed bad checks. Public Citizen Litigation Group's Deepak Gupta, who argued the plaintiff's case, said the opinion is important in an age of increased privatization of governmental functions.
9th Circuit: No Sovereign Immunity for DA Contractors
February 11, 2008