According to this article, Jaycee, her mom, and her daughters have filed a claim against the state for the failure to discover Jaycee and her daughters sooner. As the article states, filing a claim usually precedes a lawsuit. I did some brief research on this, and according to CA's Victim Compensation and Government Claims Board, the state will have forty-five days to either approve or reject their claims. If their claims are approved, they would have six months to sue the state; however, if their claims are rejected, they would have two years to sue the state. You can read more on that here. As I've mentioned in previous threads, a successful outcome can be difficult -- but not impossible -- to obtain when it comes to suing the state or a state governmental agency. IMO, if Jaycee and her family have a lawyer who is willing to work on a pro bono basis, then they have nothing to lose. Of course, we all believe that Jaycee should receive compensation, but does anyone know much about the legal ins and outs involved in filing suit? I don't know much about this apart from what I posted above.