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Senate: Nearly $6K more in legal fees spent on Brodkorb case

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The Minnesota Senate says it has racked up nearly another $6,000 in legal bills in an ongoing lawsuit filed by former staffer Michael Brodkorb, The Associated Press reports.

The tally, released by the Senate Friday, comes ahead of Rules Committee meeting on the matter, set for Monday.

The costs stem from a lawsuit filed by Brodkorb last year, after he was fired in 2011 from his job with the Senate Republican caucus after revelations of his affair with former Senate Majority Leader Amy Koch.

The Senate has accumulated more than $200,000 in legal bills related to the case to date. The $6,000 reportedly covers fees accumulated from early November to early January.

A judge this week threw out three of the remaining five claims left in Brodkorb's lawsuit, including defamation. His claims of gender discrimination remain.

According to The AP, Senate officials claimed Brodkorb could be fired at any time from his job because he was an at-will employee.

Action in the civil case comes as Brodkorb continues to recover from a crash last month that left him critically injured.

The Minnesota State Patrol revealed last week that he had a blood-alcohol concentration over of .10, which is over the legal limit in the state.

Brodkorb was charged Wednesday with drunken driving.

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