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Feb 20 20

Council on American Islamic Relations – Washington v. United States Customs and Border Protection et al

by Harry Hammitt

We have added 117 documents from 17 FOIA cases filed between February 9, 2020 and February 15, 2020. 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. Council on American Islamic Relations – Washington v. United States Customs and Border Protection et al (filed Feb 12, 2020)
    The Council on American-Islamic Relations – Washington submitted a FOIA request to U.S. Customs and Border Protection for records concerning changes in the policies for screening individuals entering the United States in the Washington area. The agency acknowledged receipt of the request but after hearing nothing further from the agency, CAIR – Washington filed suit read more…
Feb 20 20

FOIA Activity: 6 New Procedural or Substantive Decisions

by FOIA Project Staff

We have added 6 decisions of a procedural or substantive nature filed between February 9, 2020 and February 15, 2020. These are associated with 6 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 3:2018cv02372Sierra Club v. United States Environmental Protection Agency

    • February 10, 2020: STIPULATION OF SETTLEMENT AND ORDER DISMISSING CASE WITH PREJUDICE. Signed by Chief Magistrate Judge Joseph C. Spero on 2/10/2020. (klhS, COURT STAFF) (Filed on 2/10/2020)
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Feb 19 20

January 2020 FOIA Litigation with Five-Year Monthly Trends

by FOIA Project Staff

During the month of January 2020 federal district courts saw a total of 63 new Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuits filed under 5 U.S.C. 552. To place this number in perspective, 63 new filings compares with a monthly average of 73 filings during the last 12 months. This month’s total brought overall FOIA filings on an annual basis for these last 12 months to 877.

The figure below provides a more detailed view of monthly trends during the past five years. The height of each bar reflects the number of filings in that month. To see the actual filing count mouse over any bar. The superimposed line over the bars is the moving 12-month average. It is computed by adding up the 12 months ending at a given month, and then dividing that total by 12 to obtain the monthly average over this period. Mousing over any bar also shows the calculated result for this moving average for that given month.
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Feb 13 20

Natural Resources Defense Council, Inc. v. United States Environmental Protection Agency, plus case descriptions

by Harry Hammitt

We have added 89 documents from 12 FOIA cases filed between February 2, 2020 and February 8, 2020. 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. Natural Resources Defense Council, Inc. v. United States Environmental Protection Agency (filed Feb 3, 2020)
    The Natural Resources Defense Council submitted a FOIA request to the EPA for records concerning the content of speeches given by former EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt to groups outside the federal government, including the prepared text of speeches as well as notes taken during his remarks. NRDC also requested a fee waiver read more…
Feb 13 20

FOIA Activity: 16 New Procedural or Substantive Decisions

by FOIA Project Staff

We have added 16 decisions of a procedural or substantive nature filed between February 2, 2020 and February 8, 2020. These are associated with 14 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. CAC 2:2018cv08917ACLU of Southern California v. United States Department of Homeland Security

    • February 4, 2020: ORDER DISMISSING CASE WITH PREJUDICE by Judge John A. Kronstadt. The Stipulation to Dismiss Case [27] is approved and so ordered. Accordingly, all dates and deadlines are vacated. Case Terminated. Made JS-6. (cw)
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Feb 6 20

The New York Times Company v. Federal Bureau of Prisons and 45 other new FOIA lawsuits, plus case descriptions

by Harry Hammitt

We have added 108 documents from 18 FOIA cases filed between January 26, 2020 and February 1, 2020. 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. The New York Times Company v. Federal Bureau of Prisons (filed Jan 30, 2020)
    The New York Times Company submitted two FOIA requests to the Bureau of Prisons for records concerning the housing of Jeffrey Epstein, including video recordings of his suicide and first suicide attempt. Its two FOIA requests were consolidated and denied on the basis of Exemption 5 (privileges), Exemption 6 (invasion of privacy), Exemption 7(A) (interference with ongoing investigation or proceeding), Exemption 7(C) (invasion of privacy concerning law enforcement records), Exemption 7(E) (investigative methods or techniques), and Exemption 7(F) (harm to any person) read more…
Feb 6 20

FOIA Activity: 12 New Procedural or Substantive Decisions

by FOIA Project Staff

We have added 12 decisions of a procedural or substantive nature filed between January 26, 2020 and February 1, 2020. These are associated with 12 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. CAC 2:2019cv09081Danny Fabricant v. Department of Justice

    • January 27, 2020: MINUTES OF IN CHAMBERS – ORDER TO SHOW CAUSE RE: DISMISSAL FOR LACK OF PROSECUTION by Judge Dolly M. Gee: The Court, on its own motion, orders plaintiff(s) to show cause in writing on or before 2/14/2020 why this action should not be dismissed for la ck of prosecution. The Order will stand submitted upon the filing of a written response on or before the date upon which a response by plaintiff(s) is due. This action will be dismissed if a written response demonstrating good cause is not filed by the date indicated above. Court Reporter: Not Reported. (gk)
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Jan 31 20

SHANE v. U.S. DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY and 9 other new FOIA lawsuits, plus case descriptions

by Harry Hammitt

We have added 45 documents from 7 FOIA cases filed between January 19, 2020 and January 25, 2020. 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. SHANE v. U.S. DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY (filed Jan 22, 2020)
    Peter Shane, a law professor at Ohio State University, submitted a request to the Department of Homeland Security for records concerning memoranda pertaining to how the Secretary of Homeland Security exercises their authority to designate other officers of the agency to serve as Acting Secretary. Shane also requested a fee waiver read more…
Jan 31 20

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 19, 2020 and January 25, 2020. 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 1:2017cv01796SMITH v. MNUCHIN et al

    • January 23, 2020: MEMORANDUM AND OPINION re 19 Defendants' motion for summary judgment and 23 Plaintiff's cross-motion for summary judgment. Signed by Judge Tanya S. Chutkan on 1/23/2020. (lcsd)
    • January 23, 2020: MEMORANDUM AND OPINION re [26] Plaintiff's Memorandum re [25] Order on Motion for Summary Judgment, which the court treats as a motion for disqualification. Signed by Judge Tanya S. Chutkan on 1/23/2020. (lcsd)
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Jan 27 20

NBCUniversal Media, LLC et al v. U.S. Department of Homeland Security Immigration and Customs Enforcement

by Harry Hammitt

We have added 92 documents from 15 FOIA cases filed between January 12, 2020 and January 18, 2020. 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. NBCUniversal Media, LLC et al v. U.S. Department of Homeland Security Immigration and Customs Enforcement (filed Jan 13, 2020)
    NBC reporter Hannah Rappleye submitted two FOIA requests to the Department of Homeland Security for records concerning detainees who died in the custody of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement during 2018 and 2019. In response to her 2018 request, ICE told Rappleye that a list of detainees who died in ICE custody was available on the agency’s website read more…
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