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Federal Aviation Administration, DOT 

§ 13.218 

granted and the proceedings are termi-
nated without a hearing, the agency 
attorney may file an appeal pursuant 
to § 13.233 of this subpart. If required by 
the decision on appeal, the respondent 
shall file an answer and shall serve a 
copy of the answer on each party not 
later than 10 days after service of the 
decision on appeal. 

(3)  Motion for more definite statement. 

A party may file a motion for more 
definite statement of any pleading 
which requires a response under this 
subpart. A party shall set forth, in de-
tail, the indefinite or uncertain allega-
tions contained in a complaint or re-
sponse to any pleading and shall sub-
mit the details that the party believes 
would make the allegation or response 
definite and certain. 

(i) Complaint. A respondent may file a 

motion requesting a more definite 
statement of the allegations contained 
in the complaint instead of filing an 
answer. If the administrative law judge 
grants the motion, the agency attorney 
shall supply a more definite statement 
not later than 15 days after service of 
the ruling granting the motion. If the 
agency attorney fails to supply a more 
definite statement, the administrative 
law judge shall strike the allegations 
in the complaint to which the motion 
is directed. If the administrative law 
judge denies the motion, the respond-
ent shall file an answer and shall serve 
a copy of the answer on each party not 
later than 10 days after service of the 
order of denial. 

(ii)  Answer.  An agency attorney may 

file a motion requesting a more defi-
nite statement if an answer fails to re-
spond clearly to the allegations in the 
complaint. If the administrative law 
judge grants the motion, the respond-
ent shall supply a more definite state-
ment not later than 15 days after serv-
ice of the ruling on the motion. If the 
respondent fails to supply a more defi-
nite statement, the administrative law 
judge shall strike those statements in 
the answer to which the motion is di-
rected. The respondent’s failure to sup-
ply a more definite statement may be 
deemed an admission of unanswered al-
legations in the complaint. 

(4)  Motion to strike. Any party may 

make a motion to strike any insuffi-
cient allegation or defense, or any re-

dundant, immaterial, or irrelevant 
matter in a pleading. A party shall file 
a motion to strike with the adminis-
trative law judge and shall serve a copy 
on each party before a response is re-
quired under this subpart or, if a re-
sponse is not required, not later than 10 
days after service of the pleading. 

(5)  Motion for decision. A party may 

make a motion for decision, regarding 
all or any part of the proceedings, at 
any time before the administrative law 
judge has issued an initial decision in 
the proceedings. The administrative 
law judge shall grant a party’s motion 
for decision if the pleadings, deposi-
tions, answers to interrogatories, ad-
missions, matters that the administra-
tive law judge has officially noticed, or 
evidence introduced during the hearing 
show that there is no genuine issue of 
material fact and that the party mak-
ing the motion is entitled to a decision 
as a matter of law. The party making 
the motion for decision has the burden 
of showing that there is no genuine 
issue of material fact disputed by the 

(6) Motion for disqualification. A party 

may file a motion for disqualification 
with the administrative law judge and 
shall serve a copy on each party. A 
party may file the motion at any time 
after the administrative law judge has 
been assigned to the proceedings but 
shall make the motion before the ad-
ministrative law judge files an initial 
decision in the proceedings. 

(i)  Motion and supporting affidavit. 

party shall state the grounds for dis-
qualification, including, but not lim-
ited to, personal bias, pecuniary inter-
est, or other factors showing disquali-
fication, in the motion for disqualifica-
tion. A party shall submit an affidavit 
with the motion for disqualification 
that sets forth, in detail, the matters 
alleged to constitute grounds for dis-

(ii)  Answer.  A party shall respond to 

the motion for disqualification not 
later than 5 days after service of the 
motion for disqualification. 

(iii) Decision on motion for disqualifica-

tion.  The administrative law judge 
shall render a decision on the motion 
for disqualification not later than 15 
days after the motion has been filed. If 
the administrative law judge finds that 

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