26th May 2010, 03:00 AM
Final Joint Statement on the BATFE lawsuit by the NAR/TRA
On May 24, 2010 we agreed to a settlement with the Department of Justice (DoJ) attorneys representing the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (BATFE) on the issue of recovery of legal fees. This fee recovery was our right under the Equal Access to Justice Act, because this federal agency was found by the court to have been arbitrary and capricious in the regulatory actions on ammonium perchlorate composite propellant that we had successfully argued for the court to overturn. The amount of fee recovery that we had sought under the limitations of the court decision was $81,498. The DoJ attorneys planned to challenge this amount in detail, which would have forced us into a series of cross-filings and potentially a court hearing, further increasing our legal expenses and postponing an end to this ten-year legal struggle.