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Judicial Watch, Inc. v. US Dept. of Commerce, No. 08-5490

By FindLaw Staff on October 09, 2009 | Last updated on March 21, 2019

In an action claiming that the Department of Commerce (DOC) violated the Federal Advisory Committee Act (FACA) by failing to document aspects of the North American Competitiveness Council's meetings, dismissal of the action is reversed where plaintiff had standing to pursue the action because the DOC was subject to an array of FACA obligations concerning the Council and its sub-groups that were entirely within its power to discharge, and thus the DOC had the power to redress the failure to disclose the information at issue.

Read Judicial Watch, Inc. v. US Dept. of Commerce, No. 08-5490

Appellate Information

Argued September 21, 2009

Decided October 9, 2009


Opinion by Judge Williams


For Appellant:

James F. Peterson and Paul J. Orfanedes, Washington, DC

For Appellee:

Abby C. Wright, Tony West, Mark B. Stern, U.S. Department of Justice, Washington, DC

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