M.K. v. Tenet
United States District Court for the District of Columbia
216 F.R.D. 133 (D.D.C. 2002)
Six former employees of the CIA (plaintiffs) brought suit against the CIA and its director (defendants) for obstruction of counsel and violations of the Privacy Act. Specifically, the plaintiffs alleged that they were discriminated against by the CIA and that the CIA improperly denied the plaintiffs’ attorney access to CIA employee records. In addition, the plaintiffs claimed that the employee records were maintained illegally under the terms of the Privacy Act. In their second amended complaint, the plaintiffs proposed to add information about their existing claims as well as add nine plaintiffs to their claim. The defendants moved to sever the claims of the original six plaintiffs, and to deny the plaintiffs’ proposed joinder of the nine new plaintiffs.
Rule of Law
Holding and Reasoning (Urbina, J.)