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Office of the Attorney General at the U.S. Department of Justice in Washington, D.C. June 6, 2020. Photo: Diego M. Radzinschi/ALM

Conservatives are raising concerns over the possibility of the Biden Justice Department reinstating a policy that would allow payments to go to third parties in settlements reached in government litigation.

Then-Attorney General Jeff Sessions halted the practice in 2017, in which a party involved in the government case would be required to make a payment to an outside organization to help settle the case. While conservatives referred to those payments as “slush funds,” they were subject to judicial review and were viewed as a way to help remediate damage done by the corporation targeted by the challenge.

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Jacqueline Thomsen

Jacqueline Thomsen, based in Washington, is a reporter covering D.C. federal courts and the legal side of politics. Contact her at jatho[email protected] and follow her on Twitter @jacq_thomsen.

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