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A federal judge dismissed portions of a lawsuit Tuesday that 1,500 police officers filed against the city of San Diego for allegedly withholding compensation that was owed to the cops.

City Attorney Mike Aguirre claimed the ruling by Judge Dana Sabrow saved the city from being attacked for about $8 million worth of claims. You can read the judge’s order here.

Greg Petersen, the attorney for the officers, initially sought $150 million in damages when he filed the case in August 2005. He did not return calls seeking comment as of press time.

A jury trial over the remaining claims is slated to begin in September 2008, according to a statement the City Attorney’s Office released.

EVAN McLAUGHLIN

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