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DOJ asks judges to delay civil cases over budget issues

Some major cases will be delayed, while others such as the airline merger will proceed with limited staffing

The federal shutdown is already beginning to affect the legal industry, as the Department of Justice (DOJ) has asked judges to delay civil cases while the government is not funding the department.

The DOJ said in a release on Sept. 30 that “[c]ivil litigation will be curtailed or postponed to the extent that this can be done without compromising to a significant degree the safety of human life or the protection of property.” This includes a requested delay many prominent cases, including its ongoing antitrust suit against the American Airlines-U.S. Airways merger. In many instances, judges honored the government’s request, including in all but one case in Manhattan.

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