SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A judge overseeing a civil rights lawsuit aimed at polygamous towns on the Arizona-Utah border will hear arguments on a motion to dismiss damages and civil penalties.

The hearing before U.S. District Court Judge H. Russel Holland is scheduled for Wednesday afternoon.

The U.S. Department of Justice sued the towns last year. One claim has been dismissed. Another contends that the towns denied housing rights to former members of the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.

Attorneys representing Colorado City, Ariz., and Hildale, Utah say claims for monetary damages and civil penalties are barred by statutes of limitation.

Earlier this month, the judge denied requests for a change of venue and to protect some religious information.

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