DOJ Dodges Privacy Suit Over Job Applicants' Records

Law360, New York (December 16, 2011, 8:27 PM EST) -- A Washington federal judge on Thursday tossed a case alleging the U.S. Department of Justice violated federal privacy law when it created and maintained records on applicants to the agency's prestigious honors program as part of a politically tainted hiring process.

In a memorandum opinion that granted the Justice Department's motion for summary judgment, U.S. District Judge John Bates noted that the case arose from a “dark chapter” in the agency's history.

The suit was filed as a putative class action on June 30, 2008, just...
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