That's the amount that Missouri tax payers have paid between March 3, 2014 and May 30, 2014 for Chris Koster's lawsuit on behalf of large egg producers against California's egg laws. It doesn't sound like a lot of money until you realize that this just covers the fees paid to the California legal team representing Koster (and supposedly, Missouri). It doesn't cover the time that J. Andrew Hirth, our Assistant State Attorney General, has put into the case, or any of the other members of the AG office staff. It also represents only about 6% of the likely cost, overall, for the lawsuit if it manages to survive the California Motion to Dismiss. If the case goes to trial, the cost will easily exceed $55,000 in legal fees.
This, just to defend a couple of larger egg producing companies in Missouri.