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In the Circuit Court of Federal Claims, a judge granted a Justice Department request to delay a lawsuit filed against the government by defense contractor KBR over contract work to restore oil production in Iraq.

In recent days, government lawyers also filed papers to delay a lawsuit between an office-supply contractor and the Federal Trade Commission, as well as litigation brought by a group of paramedics who sued the government claiming they were shortchanged on overtime pay.

The administrative office for the federal court system said in a notice last week that it had enough money to operate through Thursday, but it would be up to chief judges in each district to decide which employees to keep if the shutdown goes on any longer.

For now, the U.S. District Court in Washington says jury trials will continue, but if funds run out, jurors may find payments delayed.