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Berg|FCA - 09 - GOV Motion to Dismiss Case (03/26/2009)

Berg|FCA - 09 - GOV Motion to Dismiss Case (03/26/2009)

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BERG v. OBAMA
Assigned to: Judge Richard W. Roberts
Cause: 31:3729 False Claims Act
MOTION to Dismiss with prejudice, MOTION that the seal on this action be lifted as to all past and future filings by BARACK HUSSEIN OBAMA, JR (Attachments: # 1 Text of Proposed Order)(ztd, ) (Entered: 03/27/2009)
BERG v. OBAMA
Assigned to: Judge Richard W. Roberts
Cause: 31:3729 False Claims Act
MOTION to Dismiss with prejudice, MOTION that the seal on this action be lifted as to all past and future filings by BARACK HUSSEIN OBAMA, JR (Attachments: # 1 Text of Proposed Order)(ztd, ) (Entered: 03/27/2009)

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IN
THE
UNITEDSTATESDISTRICTCOURTFOR
THE
DISTRICTOFCOLUMBIAUNITEDSTATESOFAMERICA
EX
REL.
PHILLIPJ.BERG,Plaintiff,
v.
BARACKHUSSEINOBAMA,JR.,Defendant.
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Civ.No.1:08-1933(RWR)
UNDER
SEAL
UNITEDSTATES'SUGGESTIONOFDISMISSAL
TheUnitedStates
of
America,throughitsundersignedcounsel,respectfullysubmitsthissuggestion
of
dismissal,seekingthedismissal
of
thisactionpursuantto
31
U.S.C.§3730(c)(2)(A)
of
theFalseClaimsAct(FCA),
31
U.S.C.
§§
3729-3733,intheexercise
of
prosecutorialdiscretion.BACKGROUNDRelator,Philip
J.
Berg,filedthiscomplaint
prose
underseaPon
or
aboutNovember
7,
2008,pursuanttotheFCA,
31
U.S.C.
§
3730.TheFCAisthegovernment'sprimarytoolforrecoveringmoneylostfromtheUnitedStatesTreasuryduetofraud.Its
quitam
provisionspermitaprivateperson,"arelator,"tofileanactiononbehalf
of
theUnitedStatestorecovertheUnitedStates'damagesinexchangeforabounty
of
upto30%
of
anyeventualrecovery.
See
id.
1
Relatorappearstohavethenbreachedthesealbypostingonhiswebsitealist
of
histhreelawsuitsagainstPresidentObarna,whichstatesinpart:"Bergv.Obarna,U.S.DistrictCourt,Casefiledundersealon
11107/08
-
cannotbediscussed.BergfiledMotiontoUnsealDenied.ResponsedueApril2009."
See
http://www.obamacrimes.info/.
 
TheUnitedStatesmayelecttointerveneintheactionandassumeprimaryresponsibilityforthelitigation,oritmaydeclinetointervene,whichallowstherelatortopursuetheactionontheUnitedStates'behalf.
31
U.S.C.
§§
3730(b)(2),(c).TheUnitedStatesalsoretainstheauthoritytodismissanactionwhendismissalisintheinterests
of
theUnitedStates.
Id.
§3730(c)(2)(A)("TheGovernmentmaydismisstheactionnotwithstandingtheobjections
of
thepersoninitiatingtheaction
if
thepersonhasbeennotifiedbytheGovernment
of
thefiling
of
themotionandthecourthasprovidedthepersonwithanopportunityforahearingonthemotion.")Mr.BergallegesinhislawsuitthatPresidentBarackObamadefraudedtheUnitedStatesbytakinghisSenatesalarywhenhedidnotmeetthecitizenshiprequirementstoholdaSenateseat.Hehasmadesimilar·allegationsinotherproceedings.
See,e.g.,
Berg
v.
Obama,
574
F.
Supp.2d509(E.D.Pa.2008).TheDepartment
of
Justicehasreviewedtherelator'sallegations,determinedthattheylackmerit,andconcludedthattheythereforeshouldnotbepursuedontheUnitedStates'behalfagainstitssittingPresident.
Seegenerally
MemorandumRuling,
Hollister
v.
Soetoro,
Civ.No.08-2254(JR),slipop.atI(D.D.C.Mar.
5,2009)
(attachedheretoasExhibitA)(concludingwithrespecttoanotherlawsuitbyastrawplaintiffforMr.Bergwithsubstantiallythesameallegations:"Thiscase,
if
itwereallowedtoproceed,woulddeservementioninone
of
thosebooksthatseektoprovethatthelawisfoolishorthatAmericahastoomanylawyerswithoutenoughtodo.Eveninitsrelativelyshortlifethecasehasexcitedtheblogosphereandtheconspiracytheorists.Therightthingtodoistobringittoanearlyend.").ARGUMENTTheCourt
of
Appealshasrecognizedthat
31
U.S.C.§3730(c)(2)(A)givestheUnitedStates"virtually'unfettered'discretion"todismissa
quitam
suit,including,ashere,beforethe
-2-
 
UnitedStateshasmadeitselectionwhethertointervene.
SeeUnitedStatesexrei.Hoyte
v.
AmericanNational
Red
Cross,
518
F.
3d61,
65
(D.C.Cir.2008);
Swift
v.
UnitedStates,318
F.3d250,251-54(D.C.Cir.2003).Byaffording
quitam
relatorsanopportunityforahearing
if
theyrequestone,section3730(c)(2)(A)givesrelatorsthechanceto
try
toconvincetheUnitedStatestochangeitsmindbutgivestheCourtnoroleinsecond-guessingtheUnitedStates'exercise
of
itsprosecutorialdiscretion.
SeeHoyte,
518F.3dat65;
Swift,
318F.3dat253.TheCourt
of
Appealshasexplained:"Nothingin
§
3730(c
)(2)(A)
purportstodeprivetheExecutiveBranch
of
itshistoricalprerogativetodecidewhichcasesshouldgoforwardinthename
of
theUnitedStates."
Swift,
318
F.
3dat253.Intheexercise
of
itsdiscretion,theUnitedStateshasdeterminedthatthisactionshouldnotproceed.CONCLUSIONFortheforegoingreasons,werespectfullyrequestthattherelatorbeaffordedanopportunityforahearing
if
hesorequestsandthisactionthenbedismissed.Respectfullysubmitted,MICHAEL
F.
HERTZ,DCBar#261495ActingAssistantAttorneyGeneralCivilDivision/s/
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JOYCE
R.
BRANDA,DCBar#246363ALAN
E.
KLEINBURD,DCBar#950196SARAMCLEANCivilDivision,Department
of
JusticePostOfficeBox261,BenFranklinStationWashington,DC20044(202)307-0475
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