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Ryan-Related Lawsuit Refiled, But Not Against Speaker

Ryan has a long month ahead. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)
Ryan has a long month ahead. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Two men who sued Speaker Paul D. Ryan — and then agreed to drop the case in March — have refiled their lawsuit over a car crash on I-395 involving Ryan’s then-D.C. chief of staff.  

This time, however, Santos Perez and Adan Cajas declined to list Ryan and his staffer, Kevin Seifert, as defendants in the case. Instead, Perez and Cajas have sued the United States, alleging that Seifert was an employee of the U.S. “acting with the course and scope of his employment” at the time of the February 2014 crash.  

The men say the car Seifert was driving hit the back of their car on the interstate, causing multiple injuries. Ryan was not in the car but the original lawsuit said it included him as a defendant because he owned the vehicle.  

In the meantime, Ryan was elected speaker in October and Seifert now works on Ryan’s re-election effort in Wisconsin.  

The plaintiffs seek $100,000 in judgments. Their attorney, Matthew Tievsky, declined to comment Monday.  

The case is Perez v. United States, Docket No. 15-cv-02040 in Washington D.C.’s federal district court.  


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