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Falk likely to drop lawsuit over union law

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A spokesman for Dane County Executive Kathleen Falk says she is likely to drop her lawsuit challenging Gov. Scott Walker’s bill taking away collective bargaining rights from public workers after a judge dismissed it.

Dane County Circuit Judge Maryann Sumi left open the possibility that Falk, who is leaving her post next week, could refile the lawsuit as a private citizen.

But Falk spokesman Josh Wescott said Friday she is unlikely to do that since the issues she raised in the lawsuit are also pending in two other cases that are still alive. She argued the open meetings law was violated in the process of passing the bill and that not enough senators were present for the vote.

Dane County Board Chairman Scott McDonell also filed the lawsuit with Falk.

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