discussing Fed. R. Evid. 201(b) and noting, "Courts often take judicial notice of various public records, including . . . publications made by various administrative agencies."Summary of this case from Fasesin v. Henry Indus., Inc.
CIVIL ACTION No. 08-2416-KHV.
May 1, 2009
MEMORANDUM AND ORDER
This matter comes before the Court on Defendants' Request For Judicial Notice In Support Of Their Motion To Dismiss On Grounds Of Federal Preemption (Doc. #53) filed February 27, 2009. Pursuant to Federal Rule of Evidence 201(b), DineEquity, Inc., Applebee's International, Inc. and Weight Watchers International, Inc. ask the Court to take judicial notice of the following documents referenced in Defendants' Motion To Dismiss No. 1: Motion To Dismiss Complaint On Grounds Of Federal Preemption (Doc. #51) filed February 27, 2009:A Labeling Guide for Restaurants and Other Retail Establishments Selling Away-From-Home Foods• H.R. Rep. No. 101-538 (1990), reprinted in 1990 U.S.C.C.A.N. 3336 ("Exhibit A"). • U.S. Food and Drug Administration's Industry Guidance, (April 2008) ("Exhibit B"). Defendants' motion is unopposed.
Under Fed.R.Evid. 201(b), a judicially noticed fact must be one not subject to reasonable dispute in that it is either generally known within the territorial jurisdiction of the trial court or capable of accurate and ready determination by resort to sources whose accuracy cannot reasonably be questioned. See Fed.R.Evid. 201(b); see also United States v. Schaefer, 501 F.3d 1197, 1201, n. 8 (10th Cir. 2007). Courts often take judicial notice of various public records, including legislative committee reports and publications made by various administrative agencies. See, e.g., Territory of Alaska v. Am. Can Co., 358 U.S. 224, 227 (1959) (taking judicial notice of legislative history); N. Pacifica, LLC. v. City of Pacifica, 234 F. Supp.2d 1053, 1058 (N.D. Cal. 2002) (taking judicial notice of relevant legislative documents); U.S. ex rel. J. Camillo v. Ancilla Sys., Inc., No. 03 CV 0024 DRH 2005 WL 1926559, at *3, n. 5 (S.D. Ill. 2005) (taking judicial notice of Health Care Financing Administration's publication).
Here, both Exhibit A and Exhibit B qualify as public records and their accuracy cannot reasonably be questioned.
IT IS THEREFORE ORDERED that Defendants' Request For Judicial Notice In Support Of Their Motion To Dismiss On Grounds Of Federal Preemption (Doc. #53) filed February 27, 2009 be and hereby is SUSTAINED.