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Feds appeal ruling in lawsuit by retired ATF agent

October 25, 2014

PHOENIX (AP) — Authorities are appealing a ruling that concluded a federal agency breached a settlement over a retired federal agent’s complaint that the agency didn’t properly investigate threats against him after his undercover investigation of the Hells Angels Motorcycle Club.

More than a month ago, the United States Court of Federal Claims said the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives’ conduct in dealing with Agent Jay Dobyns constituted a breach of good faith.

The judge rejected the ATF’s claim that Dobyns violated his employment contract by publishing a book on the Hells Angels investigation.

The judge awarded $173,000 award to Dobyns, who also received $373,000 as part of the 2007 settlement.

Threats were made against Dobyns and his family after his identity was revealed in court.

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