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Kripke v. FEC


On October 26, 1990, the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia granted the FEC's motion for summary judgment, thereby dismissing Dr. Daniel F. Kripke's suit against the agency. Dr. Kripke alleged that the FEC had acted contrary to law by failing to act on his administrative complaint within 120 days. See 2 U.S.C. §437g(a)(8)(A). The court stated that "[t]here is no statutory requirement that the Commission act within 120 days." The court went on to say that, in ruling on an action such as Dr. Kripke's, the court "must presume valid action, act deferentially and withhold its hand unless it appears that the Commission has been arbitrary and capricious. [citations deleted.]"

In this case, the court found that there had been no unreasonable delay and that the agency had not acted arbitrarily or capriciously in its handling of the matter. Accordingly, the court granted summary judgment to the FEC.

Source:   FEC Record — December 1990. Kripke v. FEC, No. 90-1597 (D.D.C. Oct. 26, 1990) (memorandum).