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Khalid Awan v. United States Department of Justice

UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA


July 13, 2011

KHALID AWAN, PLAINTIFF,
v.
UNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE, ET AL. DEFENDANTS.

The opinion of the court was delivered by: Beryl A. Howell United States District Judge

MEMORANDUM OPINION AND ORDER

The Plaintiff has moved the Court to take judicial notice of two Supreme Court cases, which he asserts are "relevant to the issue of whether the FBI properly invoked exemptions under" the Freedom of Information Act or Privacy Act in this case. Mot. for Judicial Notice, ECF No. 23 [hereinafter Mot.].*fn1 Those cases are Milner v. Department of the Navy, 131 S. Ct. 1259 (2011), and Federal Communications Commission v. AT&T Inc., 131 S. Ct. 1177 (2011). In his motion, the Plaintiff cites these cases in response to arguments made by the Defendants in their reply to the Plaintiff's opposition to the Defendant's dispositive motion. See Mot. Essentially, the Plaintiff is moving the Court for leave to file a surreply, in which the Plaintiff cites cases that he would like the Court to consider as binding authority. That motion will be granted.

"Courts take judicial notice of law every time they cite a statute or judicial decision." Getty Petroleum Marketing, Inc. v. Capital Terminal Co., 391 F.3d 312, 324 (1st Cir. 2001). "As a practical matter, in most cases, this law-gathering process flows smoothly without invoking the machinery of judicial notice . . . ." Id. In this case, for whatever reason, the Plaintiff has invoked that machinery. So be it: the Court will take judicial notice of those decisions.

The Court will grant leave to file a surreply where "the party making the motion would be unable to contest matters presented to the court for the first time in the opposing party's reply." Lewis v. Rumsfeld, 154 F. Supp. 2d 56, 61 (D.D.C. 2001). To the extent that the Plaintiff's motion responds to arguments made in the Defendant's reply, the Court construes it as a surreply and will grant leave to file that surreply.

Accordingly, it is hereby,

ORDERED that the Plaintiff's Motion for Judicial Notice is GRANTED; it is FURTHER ORDERED that the Court takes judicial notice of the precedent provided by Milner v. Department of the Navy, 131 S. Ct. 1259 (2011), and Federal Communications Commission v. AT&T Inc., 131 S. Ct. 1177 (2011); and it is

FURTHER ORDERED that the Plaintiff's Motion for Judicial Notice is also construed as a surreply for which leave to file is GRANTED.

Beryl A. Howell


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