One of the reasons Judge Bridges denied the Republican request to expedite the discovery process was the incredible burden it was placing on some of the 39 counties, particularly the smaller ones. According to the Seattle Times:
One even accused Republicans of attempted extortion, saying the party offered to cut back its information request in exchange for the county agreeing not to fight some issues in court.
Republicans have apparently already made deals with ten counties:
Republicans offered to narrow their subpoenas, not seek attorneys’ fees and drop the counties as parties in the suit