Friday, June 27, 2014

Government Must Pay $50,000 to National Organization for Marriage

Buried in an AP story primarily addressing the lost emails of Lois Lerner, the Washington Post reports that the government has been ordered to pay the National Organization for Marriage $50,000 in connection with its lawsuit alleging that the IRS leaked confidential information concerning the organization’s donors.  The key paragraphs:

[A] federal court has ordered the government to pay $50,000 to a conservative group that says confidential information from its tax returns ended up being published by a political opponent.

The National Organization for Marriage, which opposes same-sex marriage, brought a lawsuit last year after private information about its donors appeared in 2012 on the website of the Human Rights Campaign, which supports gay rights. …

The payment was ordered Monday in a consent judgment issued by the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia.

JRB

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But since the order to pay the $50,000 came in a consent judgment, doesn't that indicate that the government agreed to pay this amount in order to resolve the lawsuit - i.e., that this was a settlement, not an adverse judgment against the government by the court? The earlier Politico story at http://www.politico.com/story/2014/06/irs-nom-lawsuit-108266.html seems to say as much.

Posted by: Lloyd Mayer | Jun 27, 2014 10:03:08 AM

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