Sanders campaign puts DNC lawsuit on ice

By Ann Marie Awad  |  Jan. 16, 2016 at 4:29 PM
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WASHINGTON, Jan. 16 (UPI) -- The presidential campaign of Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., has agreed to put its lawsuit against the Democratic National Committee over voter data on hold.

Courthouse News Service reported U.S. District Judge Tanya Chutkan asked for a status report in the case Friday. According to court documents, Sanders' campaign responded by saying that they are still in discussions with the DNC and that they do not intend to serve the suit for now. However, the campaign said that if the dispute cannot be resolved amicably, the suit will go forward.

The DNC suspended the campaign's access to voter data when it was revealed the Sanders campaign accessed private data from Hillary Clinton's campaign in mid-December.

The lawsuit was filed in federal court in Washington D.C. on Dec. 18.

Hours earlier, Jeff Weaver, Sanders' campaign manager, threatened legal action if the DNC did not reinstate the campaign's access to voter records. Despite the reinstatement of the campaign's access to the voter data the following day, the campaign has not withdrawn the suit.

The suit accuses the DNC of failing to "implement reasonable data security measures" which resulted in a data breach. It says the decision to suspend the campaign's access to Democratic voter data has caused "substantial financial, reputational and political injury."

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