FARM-TO-CONSUMER LEGAL DEFENSE FUND et al v. SCHAFER et al

Filing 47

SURREPLY to re 29 MOTION to Dismiss First Amended Complaint filed by ED SCHAFER. (Attachments: # 1 Exhibit A, # 2 Exhibit B)(Wechsler, Peter)

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BEFORE THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA Farm to Consumer Legal Defense Fund, et al, Plaintiffs, V U.S. Department of Agriculture and Michigan Department of Agriculture Director Don Koivisto, Defendants. Case No. 1:08-cv-01546-RMC DIRECTOR KOIVISTO'S OPPOSITION TO PLAINTIFFS' MOTION TO SUPPLEMENT THE ADMINISTRATIVE RECORD Michael A. Cox Attorney General James E. Riley (P23992) First Assistant rileyje@michigan.gov Danielle Allison-Yokom (P70950) Assistant Attorney General allisonyokomd@michigan.gov Attorneys for Defendant Don Koivisto, Director of Michigan Department of Agriculture Environment, Natural Resources, and Agriculture Division 525 West Ottawa Street 6th Floor Williams Building Lansing, MI 48913 (517) 373-7540 Dated: May 12, 2009 1 It is Defendant Director Koivisto's understanding that the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) compiled a two part administrative record. The first part of the administrative record relates to its issuance of the July 2007 final rule and the second part of the administrative record relates to the agreements between the USDA and the Michigan Department of Agriculture (MDA) regarding the TB eradication program. These records were compiled and filed with the court in response to Plaintiffs' claims that the USDA violated the Administrative Procedures Act (APA). I. MDA's Opposition to Plaintiffs' Motion to Supplement the USDA's Administrative Record. Defendant Director Koivisto adopts and incorporates by reference the USDA's Opposition to Plaintiffs' Motion to Supplement the Administrative Record. II. There is no administrative record of actions taken by Defendant Director Koivisto or the MDA to Supplement. Defendant Director Koivisto has not filed an administrative record with the Court. Unlike their claims against the USDA, Plaintiffs have not alleged that Director Koivisto has violated the APA nor is the APA applicable to state governments. 1 Moreover, there is no requirement that Director Koivisto file an administrative record based on the claims Plaintiffs have filed against him. Michigan's Revised Judicature Act provides the process by which orders of a Michigan agency may be challenged: An appeal shall lie from any order, decision, or opinion of any state board, commission, or agency, authorized under the laws of this state to promulgate rules from which an appeal or judicial review has not otherwise been provided for by law, to the circuit court of the county of which the appellant is a resident or to the circuit court of Ingham county, which court shall have and exercise jurisdiction with respect thereto as in nonjury cases. Such appeals shall be made in accordance with the rules of the supreme court. 2 1 2 Kurst Envtl. Educ. & Prot., Inc. v EPA, 475 F.3d 1291, 1298 (D.C. Cir. 2007). MICH. COMP. LAWS 600.631 (emphasis added). 2 Under the Michigan Court Rules, appeals of an agency order must be taken within 21 days of entry of the order appealed from. 3 Had Plaintiffs properly challenged the March 2007 Order, Director Koivisto would have, in accordance with the Michigan Court Rules, filed the administrative record of the agency decision including "all documents, files, pleadings, testimony, and opinions and orders of the tribunal, agency or officer." 4 Conclusion For these reasons, and the reasons set forth in the USDA's Opposition to Plaintiffs' Motion to Supplement the Administrative Record, the Court should deny Plaintiffs' Motion for Leave to File Supplement to the Administrative Record. Respectfully submitted, Michael A. Cox Attorney General /s/ James E. Riley James E. Riley (P23992) First Assistant rileyje@michigan.gov /s/ Danielle Allison-Yokom Danielle Allison-Yokom (P70950) Assistant Attorney General allisonyokomd@michigan.gov Attorneys for Defendant Don Koivisto, Director of Michigan Department of Agriculture Environment, Natural Resources, and Agriculture Division 525 West Ottawa Street 6th Floor Williams Building Lansing, MI 48913 (517) 373-7540 Dated: May 12, 2009 lf:farm to consumer defense/2008-3021908b/MDA's Opposition to Pl's Motion to Sup Rec 3 4 MICH. CT. R. 7.104 and 7.101. MICH. CT. R. 7.210(A)(2) 3

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