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"This litigation was in many ways a win for the plaintiffs": The ACCG responds to FOIA decision

Yesterday I drew attention to the decision over the FOIA case brought by the ACCG, the IAPN, and the PNG. A short statement subsequently appeared on the ACCG website, "Ruling in FOIA case condones DOS intransigence". Judge Richard Leon is described as holding "pro-government views".

Although the decision went against the plaintiffs (ACCG, PNG, IAPN), the ACCG statement proclaims, "Despite the disappointing decision, this litigation was in many ways a win for the plaintiffs."

There is also fighting talk:
The Ancient Coin Collectors Guild still plans to pursue a test case regarding whether those import restrictions were promulgated in an arbitrary and capricious fashion.
This apparently relates to coins from Cyprus and China brought into the US through Baltimore (see the helpful discussion by Paul Barford).

This FOIA case was so critical to two of the plaintiffs that they have yet to comment on the outcome (PNG, IAPN).

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Wayne G. Sayles said…
David;

Without quibbling, I think your mention of "fighting words" is a little over the top. The ACCG is merely considering whether to exercise the same rights under law that every American citizen or group enjoy.

Thank you, in any case, for helping spread the news.

Regards,

Wayne
Paul Barford said…
What about the rights of the citizens and governments of countries like Cyprus and China from which the ancient objects collected by US collectors are coming from? To what extent do they come into the equation?

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