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Feb 14 19

Buzzfeed, Inc. v. U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services and 8 other new FOIA lawsuits, plus case descriptions

by Harry Hammitt

We have added 61 documents from 9 FOIA cases filed between February 3, 2019 and February 9, 2019. Note that there can be delays between the date a case is filed and when it shows up on PACER. If there are filings from this period that have yet to be posted on PACER, this FOIA Project list may not be complete.

Click on a case title below to view details for that case, including links to the associated docket and complaint documents.

  1. Buzzfeed, Inc. v. U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (filed Feb 8, 2019)
    BuzzFeed News submitted a FOIA request to U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services for a copy of its database of completed I-589 applications, known as the Refugee Asylum and Parole System database. BuzzFeed also requested expedited processing. The agency acknowledged receipt of the request and denied BuzzFeed’s request for expedited processing read more…
Feb 14 19

FOIA Activity: 9 New Procedural or Substantive Decisions

by FOIA Project Staff

We have added 9 decisions of a procedural or substantive nature filed between February 3, 2019 and February 9, 2019. These are associated with 9 FOIA cases pending in federal district court. Note that because there can be delays between the date a decision is made and when it shows up on PACER, this listing includes only decisions that appeared on PACER during this period.

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  1. CAN 3:2012cv04376Animal Legal Defense Fund v. United States Food & Drug Administration

    • February 7, 2019: STIPULATION AND ORDER RE STAY PENDING APPEAL DETERMINATION. Signed by Judge Elizabeth D. Laporte on February 7, 2019. (mllS, COURT STAFF) (Filed on 2/7/2019)
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Feb 7 19

BEST v. DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE and 15 other new FOIA lawsuits, plus case descriptions

by Harry Hammitt

We have added 87 documents from 14 FOIA cases filed between January 27, 2019 and February 2, 2019. Note that there can be delays between the date a case is filed and when it shows up on PACER. If there are filings from this period that have yet to be posted on PACER, this FOIA Project list may not be complete.

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  1. BEST v. DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE (filed Jan 30, 2019)
    Emma Best, a freelance writer, submitted a FOIA request to the FBI for records concerning the Church Committee. She also requested a fee waiver. The agency acknowledged receipt of the request. The FBI disclosed 123 pages that had been previously processed. Best filed an administrative appeal with the Office of Information Policy, which remanded her request to the FBI to search for further responsive records read more…
Feb 7 19

FOIA Activity: 9 New Procedural or Substantive Decisions

by FOIA Project Staff

We have added 9 decisions of a procedural or substantive nature filed between January 27, 2019 and February 2, 2019. These are associated with 9 FOIA cases pending in federal district court. Note that because there can be delays between the date a decision is made and when it shows up on PACER, this listing includes only decisions that appeared on PACER during this period.

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  1. DC 1:2014cv00198SPATARO v. FEDERAL BUREAU OF INVESTIGATION

    • January 29, 2019: MEMORANDUM OPINION granting Defendant's renewed motion for summary judgment [45] See document for details. Signed by Judge Randolph D. Moss on 1/29/2019. (lcrdm3, )
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Jan 31 19

AMERICAN OVERSIGHT v. CONSUMER FINANCIAL PROTECTION BUREAU and 13 other new FOIA lawsuits, plus case descriptions

by Harry Hammitt

We have added 49 documents from 13 FOIA cases filed between January 20, 2019 and January 26, 2019. Note that there can be delays between the date a case is filed and when it shows up on PACER. If there are filings from this period that have yet to be posted on PACER, this FOIA Project list may not be complete.

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  1. AMERICAN OVERSIGHT v. CONSUMER FINANCIAL PROTECTION BUREAU (filed Jan 25, 2019)
    American Oversight submitted a FOIA request to the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau for records concerning communications between three named officials and five members of the House Financial Services Committee. The agency acknowledged receipt of the request. The agency told AO that it would need an advance payment of $1,288 to process the request or it would administratively close the request after 30 days read more…
Jan 31 19

FOIA Activity: 8 New Procedural or Substantive Decisions

by FOIA Project Staff

We have added 8 decisions of a procedural or substantive nature filed between January 20, 2019 and January 26, 2019. These are associated with 8 FOIA cases pending in federal district court. Note that because there can be delays between the date a decision is made and when it shows up on PACER, this listing includes only decisions that appeared on PACER during this period.

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  1. DC 1:2016cv01013SANDOVAL v. U.S. DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE et al

    • January 24, 2019: MEMORANDUM OPINION. Signed by Judge Amy Berman Jackson on 1/24/2019. (lcabj2)
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Jan 24 19

American Civil Liberties Union Foundation et al v. Department of Justice et al and 17 other new FOIA lawsuits

by Harry Hammitt

We have added 75 documents from 13 FOIA cases filed between January 13, 2019 and January 19, 2019. Note that there can be delays between the date a case is filed and when it shows up on PACER. If there are filings from this period that have yet to be posted on PACER, this FOIA Project list may not be complete.

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  1. American Civil Liberties Union Foundation et al v. Department of Justice et al (filed Jan 17, 2019)
    The American Civil Liberties Union submitted FOIA requests to the Department of Justice, the Department of Homeland Security, and the Department of State for records concerning the government’s use of social media surveillance technology. The ACLU also requested expedited processing and a fee waiver read more…
Jan 24 19

FOIA Activity: 8 New Procedural or Substantive Decisions

by FOIA Project Staff

We have added 8 decisions of a procedural or substantive nature filed between January 13, 2019 and January 19, 2019. These are associated with 7 FOIA cases pending in federal district court. Note that because there can be delays between the date a decision is made and when it shows up on PACER, this listing includes only decisions that appeared on PACER during this period.

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  1. CO 1:2018cv00314Rocky Mountain Wild v. United States Bureau of Land Management et al

    • January 16, 2019: ORDER: 1. Defendants' Partial Motion to Dismiss [13] is GRANTED; 2. U.S. Magistrate Judge Scott T. Varholak shall determine the effect, if any, of the current partial government shutdown on Defendants' ability to proceed with this case and may enter appropriate scheduling or other orders; and 3. Assuming Defendants may currently proceed with the lawsuit, or at the time that they may, the parties are strongly encouraged to consider the utility of requesting a settlement conference before the Magistrate Judge, considering the relatively narrow scope of the remaining dispute. SO ORDERED by Judge William J. Martinez on 01/16/2019. (wjmlc1)
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Jan 17 19

Open Society Justice Initiative v. Central Intelligence Agency et al and 13 other new FOIA lawsuits

by Harry Hammitt

We have added 88 documents from 13 FOIA cases filed between January 6, 2019 and January 12, 2019. Note that there can be delays between the date a case is filed and when it shows up on PACER. If there are filings from this period that have yet to be posted on PACER, this FOIA Project list may not be complete.

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  1. Open Society Justice Initiative v. Central Intelligence Agency et al (filed Jan 9, 2019)
    The Open Society Initiative submitted FOIA requests to the CIA, the National Security Agency, the Department of Defense, and the Office of the Director of National Intelligence for records concerning the killing of Jamil Khashoggi. The Open Society Initiative also requested expedited processing and a fee waiver read more…
Jan 17 19

FOIA Activity: 9 New Procedural or Substantive Decisions

by FOIA Project Staff

We have added 9 decisions of a procedural or substantive nature filed between January 6, 2019 and January 12, 2019. These are associated with 8 FOIA cases pending in federal district court. Note that because there can be delays between the date a decision is made and when it shows up on PACER, this listing includes only decisions that appeared on PACER during this period.

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  1. DC 1:2017cv00918MONTGOMERY et al v. INTERNAL REVENUE SERVICE

    • January 10, 2019: ORDER: The Court ORDERS that: 1) Plaintiffs' [59] Motion Challenging the Sufficiency of the Search is GRANTED; 2) Defendant shall search the Whistleblower Office for records responsive to Plaintiffs' FOIA Requests 6-12 and submit the result s to Plaintiffs, or explain why that office is not reasonably likely to possess such records; and 3) The parties shall submit a joint status report addressing the status of the search and production, if any, by February 20, 2019. Signed by Judge James E. Boasberg on 1/10/2019. (lcjeb3)
    • January 10, 2019: MEMORANDUM OPINION re [63] Order on Motion for Reconsideration and Opportunity to be Heard. Signed by Judge James E. Boasberg on 1/10/2019. (lcjeb3)
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