One of the things that has shocked us over the years is how the AOC contracts with a multitude of entities that 1) Don’t appear to be legally formed or exist or 2) that they seemingly hire or otherwise engage hundreds of new law firms every year across California. The latter serves to bolster their invincible immunity because there is hardly any law firm across the state that wouldn’t have to conflict out of representing those who might feel slighted by the Judicial Council or the AOC.
Recently, the legislature passed a requirement that the judicial branch report individual contracts in semi-annual reporting periods. The reason the legislature passed this requirement was because the legislature had learned through various whistleblowers that the AOC was contracting with entities that did not appear to legally exist or were legally formed. Two such entities that should rapidly spring to mind is Team Jacobs and Aleut Global Solutions who both lacked contractors licenses.
Luckily, those sharp legal minds on the litigation management committee of the judicial council realized that if they controlled any and all litigation, they would be able to snuff out any and all allegations of impropriety directed at themselves so they set about controlling the litigation to a loss against Jacobs and apparently a confidential settlement with respect to Aleut. We’re guessing it was a confidential settlement because the AOC tells us the matter is confidential.
Over these required reporting periods we sat back and used a little known tool that anyone in the judicial branch has access to and permitted the AOC to hang themselves. Now we’re going to go the extra mile and distribute the list to legislators. This little tool could have done so much to clarify the legally formed status of those that do business with the AOC. Surely, the AOC checks with California Department of Business Oversight, California’s new one-stop shop for everything related to corporate and limited liability\limited partnership status to determine if an entity is legal before doing business with them don’t they? That link is available here http://kepler.sos.ca.gov/
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