Bloomberg Law
April 15, 2020, 8:32 PMUpdated: April 15, 2020, 10:04 PM

Environmental Lawyers Split on DOJ Debt Policy for Pandemic (1)

Ellen M. Gilmer
Ellen M. Gilmer

Some environmental lawyers are raising alarms about the Justice Department’s decision to halt civil debt collection during the coronavirus pandemic, while others say the approach is reasonable.

The Executive Office for United States Attorneys announced the policy March 31 and clarified its application in an April 13 memo, according to documents the agency provided to Bloomberg Law.

The Justice Department routinely collects money from parties with various debts, including fines for violating settlement agreements. Now government lawyers are notifying debtors that they’re off the hook through May 31.

Center for Biological Diversity senior attorney Hannah Connor criticized the Justice Department’s ...

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