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Judge Tosses Lawsuit Against SD Gov. Daugaard



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A circuit court judge has ruled that Gov. Dennis Daugaard's contract with a national recruiting firm can stand.

Judge Mark Barnett on Thursday dismissed a lawsuit filed against the governor that aimed to invalidate a $5 million contract awarded to Manpower.

Careers Unlimited Staffing, Employment Edge and Reagan Enterprises argued the contract violated state and federal laws and the U.S. Constitution. The agencies said the governor overstepped his authority and put them at a competitive disadvantage.

Manpower's contract was to recruit 1,000 skilled out-of-state workers to fill positions in financial services, information technology, engineering and manufacturing. The Legislature approved the plan.

The judge says the plaintiffs didn't have enough of a case. Lawyer Steven Sanford says his clients haven't yet decided if they'll appeal.
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