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D.C. Circuit Denies Government Effort to Avoid Appellate Review and Welcomes Views of Former CPAC Members

The ACCG Freedom of Information Act lawsuit will proceed at the Appellate level. The following report is by Peter K. Tompa.

By Peter K. Tompa |
June 10, 2010

The United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit has denied a government request that an appeal of Judge Leon's decision in a Freedom of Information Act Case relating to the controversial decisions to impose import restrictions on Cypriot and Chinese coins be dismissed. In the same order, the Court also granted a motion filed by certain former members of the President's Cultural Property Advisory Committee to join the appeal as friends of the Court. The government had claimed that the views of these former CPAC members were "irrelevant" to the issues.

The D.C. Circuit is expected to issue a briefing schedule shortly. The appellants in the action are the Ancient Coin Collectors Guild, the International Association of Professional Numismatists and the Professional Numismatists Guild.

A separate action brought by the Ancient Coin Collectors Guild to test the regulations banning import of unprovenanced Cypriot and Chinese coins remains pending before a federal court in Baltimore, MD. The government's response to the ACCG's complaint in that case is expected to be filed shortly.

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