Attorneys for the United States filed a motion to dismiss Kortlander's tort, criminal, and constitutional law claims. They argued that Kortlander's case lacks jurisdiction, fails to state a claim upon which relief may be granted, fails to meet the statute of limitations, and fails to meet certain pleading standards. Kortlander objects to the government's claims.
Kortlander's lawyers argue that federal agents seized over $34 million of merchandise, including "historical relics," and that the government will not give it back. Kortlander therefore wants compensation. His attorneys argue that the seizure of the property is an unconstitutional taking without just compensation under the Fifth Amendment. They add that the lawsuit was filed properly in court and brought in the time permitted by the statute of limitations.