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ACCG expands complaint in Baltimore court

Peter Tompa reports on the latest actions in the ACCG lawsuit over Chinese and Cypriot coin import restrictions.

By Peter Tompa |
July 23, 2010

The ACCG has amended its complaint in the pending Baltimore test case relating to the import restrictions on Cypriot and Chinese coins. The Court rules allow one such amendment as a matter of right before Defendant has filed a responsive pleading.

The amended complaint adds new 1st Amendment claims. They state that import restrictions on Cypriot and Chinese coins as opposed to coins traced to illegal digs limit the access of American collectors to informational content found on ancient coins. To meet Defendants' objections to the original complaint, the amended complaint also characterizes the Department of State and Customs as acting beyond the scope of their authority under governing statutes. The amended complaint supersedes the original complaint, rendering Defendants' motion to dismiss as moot. Defendants are expected to file another motion to dismiss the case based on the claim that the State Department's actions are unreviewable.

In the meantime, State has rejected mediation in the pending FOIA appeal and the DC Circuit Court of Appeals is expected to issue a briefing schedule shortly.

A copy of the amended complaint can be found here.

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