Feds want lawsuit by Insane Clown Posse dismissed

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FILE --In this Jan. 8, 2014 file photo, Joseph Bruce, aka Violent J, left, and Joseph Utsler, aka Shaggy 2 Dope, members of the Insane Clown Posse, address the media in Detroit. The U.S. Justice Department is asking a judge to dismiss a lawsuit by Insane Clown Posse, which objects to a report that describes its fans as a dangerous gang. A Detroit federal judge holds a hearing Monday, June 23, 2014. The government says the rap-metal duo from the Detroit area and its fans have no standing to sue. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)
Michael J. Steinberg, legal director for the ACLU of Michigan addresses the media as Joseph Bruce aka Violent J, center, and Joseph Utsler aka Shaggy 2 Dope, members of the Insane Clown Posse listen in Detroit, Wednesday, Jan. 8, 2014. The rap metal group sued the U.S. Justice Department on Wednesday over a 2011 FBI report that describes the duo's devoted fans, the Juggalos, as a dangerous gang, saying the designation has tarnished their fans' reputations and hurt business. The American Civil Liberties Union filed the lawsuit in Detroit federal court on behalf of the group's two members. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)
Joseph Bruce aka Violent J, left, and Joseph Utsler aka Shaggy 2 Dope, members of the Insane Clown Posse are seen after a news conference in Detroit, Wednesday, Jan. 8, 2014. The rap metal group sued the U.S. Justice Department on Wednesday over a 2011 FBI report that describes the duo's devoted fans, the Juggalos, as a dangerous gang, saying the designation has tarnished their fans' reputations and hurt business. The American Civil Liberties Union filed the lawsuit in Detroit federal court on behalf of the group's two members. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)
The rap duo Insane Clown Posse, Shaggy 2 Dope, left, and Violent J, pose in their stage makeup in a 1999 promotional photo. In addition to their CDs, the entrepreneurial rappers are releasing their own, straight-to-video movie this summer and are even selling dolls representing themselves. (AP Photo/Joseph Cultice)
This July 29, 2013 photo shows Joseph Utsler, also known as Shaggy 2 Dope, left, and Joseph Bruce, also known as Violent J, from Insane Clown Posse, in New York. On their FUSE TV weekly show, the Detroit-area rappers critique all things pop culture, claiming to bring an outsiders perspective. A good part of the show has the guys critiquing music videos, much like Beavis and Butthead from a generation ago. (AP Photo/John Carucci)
NEW YORK, NY - JULY 30: Shaggy 2 Dope (L) and Violent J of Hip hop duo 'Insane Clown Posse' visit SiriusXM Studios on July 30, 2013 in New York City. (Photo by Slaven Vlasic/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - JULY 30: Violent J (L) and Shaggy 2 Dope (C) of Hip hop duo 'Insane Clown Posse' visit Faction at SiriusXM Studios on July 30, 2013 in New York City. (Photo by Slaven Vlasic/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - JULY 30: Shaggy 2 Dope of Hip hop duo 'Insane Clown Posse' visits Faction at SiriusXM Studios on July 30, 2013 in New York City. (Photo by Slaven Vlasic/Getty Images)
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DETROIT (AP) - The U.S. Justice Department is asking a judge to dismiss a lawsuit by Insane Clown Posse, which objects to a report that describes its fans as a dangerous gang.

The government says the rap-metal duo from the Detroit area and its fans have no standing to sue. It also says it's not liable for any problems caused by law enforcement groups that might use information in the 2011 FBI report.

A Detroit federal judge holds a hearing Monday.

The lawsuit says the gang designation violates rights of free speech and due process. Joseph Bruce, known as Violent J, and Joseph Utsler, known as Shaggy 2 Dope, say they're losing fans because of the report.

They say their fans, known as Juggalos, are like a family, not a gang.

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