Natural Law Party of the United States of America v. FEC
On September 21, 2000, the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia granted the FEC's motion for summary judgment in this case, ruling against the Natural Law Party of the United States of America, Dr. John Hagelin and John Moore (the plaintiffs). The court held that, although the plaintiffs had standing to challenge the FEC's dismissal of their administrative complaint against the Commission on Presidential Debates (CPD), they failed to show that the FEC's interpretation of the debate regulations at 11 CFR 110.13 was arbitrary and capricious.
The plaintiffs appealed. After expedited briefing on the issue of whether the 15 percent electoral support requirement in CPD's selection criteria is illegal, the Court of Appeals affirmed the district court's order on this issue on September 29, 2000.
Dismissal of case
On November 30, 2000, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit granted the appellant's unopposed motion to dismiss the appeal.