KLAYMAN v. OBAMA et al
Unopposed MOTION for Extension of Time to File Answer re 77 Amended Complaint, by KEITH B. ALEXANDER, ERIC H. HOLDER, JR, NATIONAL SECURITY AGENCY, BARACK HUSSEIN OBAMA, II, U.S. DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE (Attachments: # 1 Text of Proposed Order)(Gilligan, James)
IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
FOR THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA
LARRY KLAYMAN, et al.,
Civil Action No.
BARACK OBAMA, President of the
United States, et al.,
UNOPPOSED MOTION FOR AN EXTENSION OF TIME TO FILE
THE GOVERNMENT DEFENDANTS’ ANSWER IN KLAYMAN I
The Government Defendants 1 hereby move for a four-day extension of time to file an
answer in the above-captioned action (“Klayman I”) from February 10 to February 14, 2014.
Plaintiffs do not object to the extension of time sought herein. For the reasons stated below, the
Government Defendants’ request should be granted.
During the February 3, 2014, status conference held in this action and in Klayman
v. Obama, No. 13-0881 (RJL) (“Klayman II”), the Court denied as moot the Government
Defendants’ Partial Motion to Dismiss (Klayman I, ECF No. 68) (Klayman II, ECF No. 51) so
far as it applied to claims asserted in Klayman I, and directed the Government Defendants to file
their answer in Klayman I one week thereafter, by February 10, 2014. The Court also directed
Plaintiffs to amend their Class Action Second Amended Complaint in Klayman I (ECF No. 37)
to conform it to their withdrawal of their tort, Stored Communications Act (SCA), and
The “Government Defendants” in Klayman I are defendants Barack Obama, President
of the United States, Eric Holder, Attorney General of the United States, and General Keith B.
Alexander, Director of the National Security Agency (NSA), insofar as they are sued in their
official capacities, together with defendants NSA and the United States Department of Justice.
Administrative Procedure Act (APA) claims, as stated in Plaintiffs’ Opposition to Government
Defendants’ Partial Motion to Dismiss (Klayman I, ECF No. 74) (Klayman II, ECF No. 56).
Plaintiffs filed their Third Amended Complaint in Klayman I at 9:50 p.m. on the
night of Wednesday, February 5, 2014 (ECF No. 76). In accordance with the Court’s instruction,
the Third Amended Complaint included no tort, SCA, or APA-based claims and pled only
constitutional claims under the First, Fourth, and Fifth Amendments. However, Plaintiffs’ Third
Amended Complaint purported to add five new agency and official defendants to the case (the
Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), the Director of the
FBI, the Director of Central Intelligence, and the Director of National Intelligence); to add new
claims regarding alleged bulk collection of Internet metadata and alleged collection of
communications content under section 702 of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act; and to
add new factual allegations in support of the newly added claims. Notwithstanding these
additions, in accordance with the Court’s instruction the Government Defendants began
preparing an answer to the Third Amended Complaint.
On Friday, February 7, 2014, the Court issued a Minute Order in Klayman I
striking the Third Amended Complaint from the record, and ordering Plaintiffs to re-file their
amended complaint consistent with the Court’s instructions at the February 3 status conference.
Noting that the Court had denied the Government Defendants’ Partial Motion to Dismiss in
Klayman I as moot based on Plaintiffs’ representation that they had withdrawn certain legal
claims (as noted above), the Court ordered further that the re-filed amendment to Plaintiffs’
complaint not include new defendants, facts, or legal claims.
Plaintiffs did not re-file their amendment to the complaint in Klayman I, as
directed by the Court, until today, February 10, 2014, at 2:42 p.m. Third Amended Complaint
(Klayman I, ECF No. 77). It is therefore not practicable for the Government Defendants’
counsel to prepare, and multiple client agencies to review, an answer to the just re-filed Third
Amended Complaint within the time remaining under the Court’s deadline. Accordingly, the
Government Defendants seek a four-day extension until Friday, February 14, 2014, to file their
answer. The requested extension is consonant with the time originally granted by the Court (one
week) for the Government Defendants to file their answer.
Pursuant to Local Rule 7(m), undersigned counsel for the Government
Defendants conferred with Plaintiffs’ counsel, and was advised that Plaintiffs do not object to an
extension until Friday, February 14, 2014, for the Government Defendants to file their answer.
For the foregoing reasons, the request herein for an extension of time to file the
Government Defendants’ answer to the Third Amended Complaint in Klayman I until February
14, 2014, should be granted.
Dated: February 10, 2014
STUART F. DELERY
Assistant Attorney General
JOSEPH H. HUNT
Director, Federal Programs Branch
ANTHONY J. COPPOLINO
Deputy Branch Director
/s/ James J. Gilligan
JAMES J. GILLIGAN
Special Litigation Counsel
Senior Trial Counsel
U.S Department of Justice
Civil Division, Federal Programs Branch
20 Massachusetts Ave., N.W., Room 6102
Washington, D.C. 20001
Phone: (202) 514-3358
Fax: (202) 616-8470
Counsel for the Government Defendants
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