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U.S. District Judge John Bates of the District of Columbia. Photo: Diego M. Radzinschi/ALM

Federal judges across the country are letting some cases come to a halt while government lawyers are sidelined by the shutdown, but the U.S. Labor Department had no such luck in its bid to stay a multistate suit regarding a rule taking effect Jan. 1 that would allegedly weaken consumer protections under the Affordable Care Act.

Andrew Denney

Andrew Denney is a New York-based reporter covering litigation and other news from the federal and state courts. He can be reached at adenney@alm.com. Twitter: @messagetime

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