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Court postpones lawsuit over shutdown -- because of the shutdown

Jan 17, 2019 - The Washington Times

A federal judge froze proceedings Wednesday in a lawsuit that seeks back pay and damages for essential employees forced to work without paychecks during the government shutdown.

The reason for the halt? The government is shut down.

Justice Department lawyers requested the stay, saying they generally are barred from working during the shutdown, except in limited circumstances such as protecting human life or property.

Judge Patricia E. Campbell-Smith of the U.S. Court of Feder...