BATTLE CREEK, Mich. (WOOD) - The federal government shutdown is impacting a lawsuit filed by a West Michigan veteran against the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.
Niki Cummings filed the federal lawsuit in April, claiming a doctor and another staff member at the Battle Creek VA Hospital inappropriately accessed her medical records and then shared that information with others.
Cummings was a contract employee who ran a home for women veterans at the time.
Her contract was terminated and a settlement of more than $46,000 was paid to her, according to court records.
A notice filed with the court says the VA and Cummings have reached a settlement in the lawsuit, but because of the federal government shutdown, the attorneys who need to sign the agreement have been furloughed.
It's not yet known when the settlement agreement will be signed.
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