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(2) The amount of penalties and assessments that the Center is seeking;
(3) Instructions for filing an answer to request a hearing, including a specific statement of the respondent's right to request a hearing by filing an answer and to retain counsel to represent the respondent; and
(4) That failure to file an answer within 30 days of service of the complaint will result in the imposition of the proposed amount of penalties and assessments, as provided in $17.11.
(c) The Center may, on motion, subsequently amend its complaint to conform with the evidence adduced during the administrative process, as justice may require.
(d) The presiding officer will be assigned to the case upon the filing of the complaint under this part.
an answer shall be deemed to be a request for hearing.
(b) In the answer, the respondent:
(1) Shall admit or deny each of the allegations of liability made in the complaint; allegations not specifically denied in an answer are deemed admitted;
(2) Shall state all defenses on which the respondent intends to rely;
(3) Shall state all reasons why the respondent contends that the penalties and assessments should be less than the requested amount; and
(4) Shall state the name, address, and telephone number of the respondent's counsel, if any.
(c) If the respondent is unable to file an answer meeting the requirements of paragraph (b) of this section within the time provided, the respondent shall, before the expiration of 30 days from service of the complaint, file a request for an extension of time within which to file an answer that meets the requirements of paragraph (b) of this section. The presiding officer may, for good cause shown, grant the respondent up to 30 additional days within which to file an answer that meets the requirements of paragraph (b) of this section.
(d) The respondent may, on motion, amend its answer to conform with the evidence as justice may require.
$ 17.7 Service of complaint.
(a) Service of a complaint may be made by:
(1) Certified or registered mail or similar mail delivery service with a return receipt record reflecting receipt; or
(2) Delivery in person to:
(ii) An officer or managing or general agent in the case of a corporation or unincorporated business.
(b) Proof of service, stating the name and address of the person on whom the complaint was served, and the manner and date of service, may be made by:
(1) Affidavit or declaration under penalty of perjury of the individual serving the complaint by personal delivery;
(2) A United States Postal Service or similar mail delivery service return receipt record reflecting receipt; or
(3) Written acknowledgment of receipt by the respondent or by the respondent's counsel or authorized representative or agent.
§ 17.11 Default upon failure to file an
(a) If the respondent does not file an answer within the time prescribed in $17.9 and if service has been effected as provided in $17.7, the presiding officer shall assume the facts alleged in the complaint to be true, and, if such facts establish liability under the relevant statute, the presiding officer shall issue an initial decision within 30 days of the time the answer was due, imposing:
(1) The maximum amount of penalties provided for by law for the violations alleged; or
(2) The amount asked for in the complaint, whichever amount is smaller.
(b) Except as otherwise provided in this section, by failing to file a timely answer, the respondent waives any right to a hearing and to contest the
$ 17.9 Answer.
(a) The respondent may request a hearing by filing an answer with the Dockets Management Branch (HFA305), Food and Drug Administration, rm. 1-23, 12420 Parklawn Dr., Rockville, MD 20857, within 30 days of service of the complaint. Unless stated otherwise,
amount of the penalties and assessments imposed under paragraph (a) of this section, and the initial decision shall become final and binding upon the parties 30 days after it is issued.
(c) If, before such a decision becomes final, the respondent files a motion seeking to reopen on the grounds that extraordinary circumstances prevented the respondent from filing an answer, the initial decision shall be stayed pending a decision on the motion.
(d) If, on such motion, the respondent can
demonstrate extraordinary circumstances excusing the failure to file an answer in a timely manner, the presiding officer may withdraw the decision under paragraph (a) of this section, if such a decision has been issued, and shall grant the respondent an opportunity to answer the complaint as provided in $17.9(a).
(e) If the presiding officer decides that the respondent's failure to file an answer in a timely manner is not excused, he or she shall affirm the decision under paragraph (a) of this section, and the decision shall become final and binding upon the parties 30 days after the presiding officer issues the decision on the respondent's motion filed under paragraph (c) of this section.
with jurisdiction over the matter at issue. No other person may participate.
(b) The parties may at any time prior to a final decision by the entity deciding any appeal agree to a settlement of all or a part of the matter. The settlement agreement shall be filed in the docket and shall constitute complete or partial resolution of the administrative case as so designated by the settlement agreement. The settlement document shall be effective upon filing in the docket and need not be ratified by the presiding officer or the Commissioner of Food and Drugs.
(c) The parties may be represented by counsel, who may be present at the hearing.
$ 17.13 Notice of hearing.
After an answer has been filed, the Center shall serve a notice of hearing on the respondent. Such notice shall include:
(a) The date, time, and place of a prehearing conference, if any, or the date, time, and place of the hearing if there is not to be a prehearing conference;
(b) The nature of the hearing and the legal authority and jurisdiction under which the hearing is to be held;
(c) A description of the procedures for the conduct of the hearing;
(d) The names, addresses, and telephone numbers of the representatives of the government and of the respondent, if any; and
(e) Such other matters as the Center or the presiding officer deems appropriate. 8 17.15 Parties to the hearing.
(a) The parties to the hearing shall be the respondent and the Center(s)
$ 17.17 Summary decisions.
(a) At any time after the filing of a complaint, a party may move, with or without supporting affidavits (which, for purposes of this part, shall include declarations under penalty of perjury), for a summary decision on any issue in the hearing. The other party may, within 30 days after service of the motion, which may be extended for an additional 10 days for good cause, serve opposing affidavits or countermove for summary decision.
The presiding officer may set the matter for argument and call for the submission of briefs.
(b) The presiding officer shall grant the motion if the pleadings, affidavits, and other material filed in the record, or matters officially noticed, show that there is no genuine issue as to any material fact and that the party is entitled to summary decision as a matter of law.
(c) Affidavits shall set forth only such facts as would be admissible in evidence and shall show affirmatively that the affiant is competent to testify to the matters stated. When a motion for summary decision is made and supported as provided in this regulation, a party opposing the motion may not rest on mere allegations or denials or general descriptions of positions and contentions; affidavits or other responses must set forth specific facts showing that there is a genuine issue of material fact for the hearing.
(d) If, on motion under this section, a summary decision is not rendered on
all issues or for all the relief asked, and if additional facts need to be developed, the presiding officer will issue an order specifying the facts that appear without substantial controversy and directing further evidentiary proceedings on facts still at issue. The facts specified not to be at issue shall be deemed established.
(e) Except as provided in $17.18, a party may not obtain interlocutory review by the entity deciding the appeal (currently the DAB) of a partial summary decision of the presiding officer. A review of final summary decisions on all issues may be had through the procedure set forth in $17.47.
(1) Set and change the date, time, and place of the hearing on reasonable notice to the parties;
(2) Continue or recess the hearing in whole or in part for a reasonable time;
(3) Require parties to attend conferences for settlement, to identify or simplify the issues, to consider other matters that may aid in the expeditious disposition of the proceeding;
(4) Administer oaths and affirmations;
(5) Issue subpoenas requiring the attendance and testimony of witnesses and the production of evidence that relates to the matter under investigation;
(6) Rule on motions and other procedural matters;
(7) Regulate the scope and timing of discovery consistent with $17.23;
(8) Regulate the course of the hearing and the conduct of the parties;
(9) Examine witnesses;
(10) Upon motion of a party for good cause shown, the presiding officer may allow a witness to be recalled for additional testimony;
(11) Receive, rule on, exclude, or limit evidence;
(12) Upon motion of a party or on the presiding officer's own motion, take official notice of facts;
(13) Upon motion of a party, decide cases, in whole or in part, by summary decision when there is no genuine issue of material fact;
(14) Conduct any conference, argument, or hearing on motions in person or by telephone;
(15) Consolidate related or similar proceedings or sever unrelated matters;
(16) Limit the length of pleadings;
(17) Waive, suspend, or modify any rule in this part if the presiding officer determines that no party will be prejudiced, the ends of justice will be served, and the action is in accordance with law;
(18) Issue protective orders pursuant to § 17.28; and
(19) Exercise such other authority as is necessary to carry out the responsibilities of the presiding officer under this part.
(c) The presiding officer does not have the authority to find Federal statutes or regulations invalid.
§ 17.18 Interlocutory appeal from rul.
ing of presiding officer. (a) Except as provided in paragraph (b) of this section, rulings of the presiding officer may not be appealed before consideration on appeal of the entire record of the hearing.
(b) A ruling of the presiding officer is subject to interlocutory appeal to the entity deciding the appeal (currently the DAB) if the presiding officer certifies on the record or in writing that immediate review is necessary to prevent exceptional delay, expense, prejudice to any participant, or substantial harm to the public interest.
(c) When an interlocutory appeal is made, a participant may file a brief on the appeal only if specifically authorized by the presiding officer or the entity deciding the appeal (currently the
B), and if such authorization is granted, only within the period allowed by the presiding officer or the entity deciding the appeal. If a participant is authorized to file a brief, any other participant may file a brief in opposition, within the period allowed by the entity deciding the appeal (currently the DAB). The deadline for filing an interlocutory appeal is subject to the discretion of the presiding officer.
§ 17.19 Authority of the presiding offi
(a) The presiding officer shall conduct a fair and impartial hearing, avoid delay, maintain order, and assure that a record of the proceeding is made.
(b) The presiding officer has the authority to:
§ 17.20 Ex parte contacts.
No party or person (except employees of the presiding officer's office) shall communicate in any way with the presiding officer on any matter at issue in a case, unless on notice and opportunity for all parties to participate. This provision does not prohibit a person or party from inquiring about the status of a case or asking routine questions concerning administrative functions or procedures.
§ 17.21 Prehearing conferences.
(a) The presiding officer may schedule prehearing conferences as appropriate.
(b) Upon the motion of any party, the presiding officer shall schedule at least one prehearing conference at a reasonable time in advance of the hearing.
(c) The presiding officer may use a prehearing conference to discuss the following:
(1) Simplification of the issues;
(2) The necessity or desirability of amendments to the pleadings, including the need for a more definite statement;
(3) Stipulations and admissions of fact as to the contents and authenticity of documents;
(4) Whether the parties can agree to submission of the case on a stipulated record;
(5) Whether a party chooses to waive appearance at an oral hearing and to submit only documentary evidence (subject to the objection of the other party) and written argument;
(6) Limitation of the number of witnesses;
(7) Scheduling dates for the exchange of witness lists and of proposed exhibits;
(8) Discovery and scheduling dates for completion of discovery;
(9) The date, time, and place for the hearing; and
(10) Such other matters as may tend to expedite the fair and just disposition of the proceedings.
(d) The presiding officer shall issue an order containing all matters agreed upon by the parties or ordered by the presiding officer at a prehearing conference.
§ 17.23 Discovery.
(a) No later than 60 days prior to the hearing, unless otherwise ordered by the presiding officer, a party may make a request to another party for production, inspection, and copying of documents that are relevant to the issues before the presiding officer. Documents must be provided no later than 30 days after the request has been made.
(b) For the purpose of this part, the term documents includes information, reports, answers, records, accounts, papers and other data and documentary evidence. Nothing contained in this section may be interpreted to require the creation of a document, except that requested data stored in an electronic data storage system must be produced in a form readily accessible to the requesting party.
(c) Requests for documents, requests for admissions, written interrogatories, depositions, and any forms of discovery, other than those permitted under paragraphs (a) and (e) of this section, are not authorized.
(d)(1) Within 10 days of service of a request for production of documents, a party may file a motion for a protective order.
(2) The presiding officer may grant a motion for a protective order, in whole or in part, if he or she finds that the discovery sought:
(i) Is unduly costly or burdensome, (ii) Will unduly delay the proceeding,
(iii) Seeks privileged information.
(3) The burden of showing that a protective order is necessary shall be on the party seeking the order.
(4) The burden of showing that documents should be produced is on the party seeking their production.
(e) The presiding officer shall order depositions upon oral questions only upon a showing that:
(1) The information sought cannot be obtained by alternative methods, and
(2) There is a substantial reason to believe that relevant and probative evidence may otherwise not be preserved for presentation by a witness at the hearing.
$ 17.25 Exchange of witness lists, wit
ness statements, and exhibits. (a) At least 30 days before the hearing, or by such other time as is specified by the presiding officer, the parties shall exchange witness lists, copies of prior written statements of proposed witnesses, and copies of proposed hearing exhibits, including written testimony.
(b)(1) If a party objects to the proposed admission of evidence not exchanged in accordance with paragraph (a) of this section, the presiding officer will exclude such evidence if he or she determines that the failure to comply with paragraph (a) of this section should result in its exclusion.
(2) Unless the presiding officer finds that extraordinary circumstances justified the failure to make a timely exchange of witness lists under paragraph (a) of this section, he or she must exclude from the party's hearing evidence the testimony of any witness whose name does not appear on the witness list.
(3) If the presiding officer finds that extraordinary circumstances existed, the presiding officer must then determine whether the admission of the testimony of any witness whose name does not appear on the witness lists exchanged under paragraph (a) of this section would cause substantial prejudice to the objecting party. If the presiding officer finds that there is not substantial prejudice, the evidence may be admitted. If the presiding officer finds that there is substantial prejudice, the presiding officer may exclude the evidence, or at his or her discretion, may postpone the hearing for such time as is necessary for the objecting party to prepare and respond to the evidence.
(c) Unless a party objects within 5 days prior to the hearing, documents exchanged in accordance with paragraph (a) of this section will be deemed to be authentic for the purpose of admissibility at the hearing. $ 17.27 Hearing subpoenas.
(a) A party wishing to procure the appearance and testimony of any individual at the hearing may, when authorized by law, request that the presiding officer issue a subpoena.
(b) A subpoena requiring the attendance and testimony of an individual may also require the individual to produce documents at the hearing.
(c) A party seeking a subpoena shall file a written request therefor not less than 20 days before the date fixed for the hearing unless otherwise allowed by the presiding officer, upon a showing by the party of good cause. Such request shall specify any documents to be produced and shall designate the witnesses and describe the address and location thereof with sufficient particularity to permit such witnesses to be found.
(d) The subpoena shall specify the time and place at which the witness is to appear and any documents the witness is to produce.
(e) The party seeking the subpoena shall serve it in the manner prescribed for service of a complaint in $17.7.
(f) If a party or the individual to whom the subpoena is directed believes a subpoena to be unreasonable, oppressive, excessive in scope, or unduly burdensome, or if it wishes to raise any other objection or privilege recognized by law, the party or individual may file a motion to quash the subpoena within 10 days after service or on or before the time specified in the subpoena for compliance if it is less than 10 days after service. Such a filing will state the basis for the motion to quash. The presiding officer may quash or modify the subpoena or order it implemented, as justice may require.
$ 17.28 Protective order.
(a) A party or a prospective witness may file a motion for a protective order with respect to discovery sought by a party or with respect to the hearing, seeking to limit the availability or disclosure of evidence.
(b) When issuing a protective order, the presiding officer may make any order which justice requires to protect a party or person from oppression or undue burden or expense, or to protect trade secrets or confidential commercial information, as defined in § 20.61 of this chapter, information the disclosure of which would constitute a clearly unwarranted invasion of personal privacy, or other information that