- Associated Press - Thursday, March 24, 2016

TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) - The Latest on a fraudulent lawsuit filed against former U.S. Rep. Gabby Giffords (all times local):

5 p.m.

A federal court judge has dropped a bogus lawsuit filed in the name of the man who shot former U.S. Rep. Gabby Giffords and 18 others in Tucson.

The lawsuit filed in Phoenix last week claims shooter Jared Lee Loughner was framed and seeks $25 million in damages from Giffords.

The U.S. Marshals Service says it’s investigating the bogus lawsuit.

An attorney for Loughner told the court that Loughner did not file or authorize the lawsuit, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

The Marshals are also investigating a bogus lawsuit filed in the name of an Uber driver charged with killing six during a shooting rampage in Kalamazoo, Michigan, in February.

But Marshals spokesman David Gonzales said he wasn’t aware of a connection between both lawsuits.

Both lawsuits were mailed from Philadelphia, although it isn’t clear by whom.

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12:18 p.m.

An official says a lawsuit filed in the name of the man who shot former U.S. Congresswoman Gabby Giffords is bogus.

Cosme Lopez with the U.S. Attorney’s Office District of Arizona says attorneys for convicted killer Jared Lee Loughner notified the court that Loughner didn’t file or authorize the lawsuit.

Loughner is serving life in prison after pleading guilty to killing six and injuring 13 during a January 2011 mass shooting in Tucson that targeted Giffords.

None of the attorneys listed for Loughner has returned calls or emails from The Associated Press. A spokesman for Giffords says she is not commenting on the matter.

The fake lawsuit was sent from Philadelphia, and Loughner is imprisoned in Minnesota. It is similar to a bogus lawsuit claiming to be from an Uber driver accused of gunning down six people in Kalamazoo.

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