Judgment in favor of retired ATF agent voided

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PHOENIX (AP) -- A judge has voided his earlier ruling that awarded $173,000 to a retired federal agent who alleged the government breached a settlement of a complaint that threats against him weren't properly examined after his undercover investigation of the Hells Angels Motorcycle Club.

Judge Francis Allegra of the United States Court of Federal Claims offered no public explanation in a Nov. 5 filing that nullified the decision that had been issued in favor of retired Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives Agent Jay Dobyns.

Dobyns attorney James Reed, and the U.S. Justice Department, which is defending the ATF in the lawsuit, declined to comment.

In the August decision, the judge had ruled that the agency's conduct in dealing with Dobyns constituted a breach of good faith.

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