MARTINEZ, Calif. — Bad legal advice turned a straightforward refunding deal into an expensive mess, a California school district contends in the lawsuit it filed against Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP, its bond counsel on the transaction.

The West Contra Costa Unified School District brought a $57.9 million general obligation refunding to market in September 2009 as part of a deal that also included $104.9 million of new-money GOs.

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