Justice Department weighs in on BNSF railroad judgment

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Posted: Saturday, May 11, 2013 12:00 am

The U.S. Justice Department is weighing in on an appeal by BNSF railroad over a $145,000 judgment to a former employee hurt on the job, saying a judge's order to pay the full amount without deducting federal railroad retirement taxes could be "harmful to the United States because ... it may interfere with federal tax collection."

The case stems from a lawsuit filed in 2004 by Eddie Heckman, who was injured on the job a year earlier.

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