Status Hearing – New Exemption Claims DENIED – Rojas v. FAA 5

The FAA brought Russell Christensen, FAA’s Managing Director for Litigation,  to the 11 minute status hearing held today. At issue was whether FAA could assert new exemptions. The Court held that Defendant would have to produce the documents. The hiring of air traffic control specialists was found to not be a matter of national security. The Court further suggested that the facts and circumstances of Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington v. United States Department of Justice, which FAA cited as their reason for claiming new exemptions, didn’t apply. 854 F.3d 675, 680 (D.C.Cir. 2017).

We look forward to working with the FAA to bring these documents to the sunlight.

Accordingly, the Court ordered FAA provide all documents within 30 days.

U.S. District Court


Notice of Electronic Filing

The following transaction was entered on 4/6/2018 at 11:09 AM MST and filed on 4/6/2018

Case Name: Rojas v. Federal Aviation Administration et al
Case Number: 2:16-cv-03067-GMS
Document Number: 37(No document attached)

Docket Text:
MINUTE ENTRY for proceedings held before Judge G Murray Snow: Status Conference held on 4/6/2018. FAA has 30 days to comply with supplemental disclosure of documents as set forth on the record. Plaintiff shall have 15 days thereafter to file a Motion for Order to Show Cause and Motion for Sanctions.

APPEARANCES: Michael Pearson for Plaintiff, who is also present. Paul Bullis for Defendant. Russell Christensen is also present. (Court Reporter Charlotte Powers.) Hearing held 9:55 AM to 10:06 AM. This is a TEXT ENTRY ONLY. There is no PDF document associated with this entry. (KFZ)