Law is not participating in the whistleblower lawsuit.
In a response filed in November, DHHR argued Perry and Taylor are not whistleblowers. The department said Perry and Taylor haven't been retaliated against because the two have been able to keep their titles and their pay.
According to DHHR, the "only limitations placed on their ability to work is the prohibition from entering their offices, must work from home, and may only call (DHHR's human resources director)."
Elements of that limitation obviously have changed.
The situation has dragged on since Fucillo kicked the trio out of their offices in mid-July.
The marketing contract, estimated to be worth $3.5 million, was awarded to Ohio-based Fahlgren Mortine for one year's work. To pick Fahlgren, DHHR passed over three lower bidders.
Perry and Taylor said they were so concerned about the decision to award the contract, they warned other DHHR officials they could not go to court to defend the contract if it was awarded to Fahlgren and challenged by one of the other bidders.
But DHHR's inspector general recently produced a report that suggests Law, Perry and Taylor attempted to illegally interfere with the awarding of the contract.
Kanawha County Prosecutor Mark Plants has hundreds of pages of documents from the inspector general. But as of Monday evening, Plants still had not decided if the investigation's findings are enough for him to pursue criminal charges against Law, Perry or Taylor.
Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin has straddled the fence on the situation. He hired Fucillo to act as DHHR's secretary, but Perry and her husband, Logan Circuit Judge Roger Perry, are acquaintances of the Tomblins from Logan County.
The governor issued a statement to say authorities should "get to the bottom of this in a speedy and responsible manner." That was on Sept. 12.