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Jul 3 20

LEGAL EAGLE, LLC v. NATIONAL SECURITY COUNCIL RECORDS ACCESS AND INFORMATION SECURITY MANAGEMENT DIRECTORATE et al

by Harry Hammitt

We have added 141 documents from 16 FOIA cases filed between June 21, 2020 and June 27, 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. LEGAL EAGLE, LLC v. NATIONAL SECURITY COUNCIL RECORDS ACCESS AND INFORMATION SECURITY MANAGEMENT DIRECTORATE et al (filed Jun 25, 2020)
    Legal Eagle, which runs a YouTube channel, submitted FOIA requests to the National Security Council Records Access and Information Security Management Directorate, as well as agencies in the intelligence community for records concerning the declassification review for John Bolton’s book. Legal Eagle also requested expedited processing read more…
Jul 3 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 June 21, 2020 and June 27, 2020. 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. CAE 1:2019cv01218Mertes v. Internal Revenue Service

    • June 26, 2020: ORDER ON DEFENDANT'S MOTION FOR IN CAMERA REVIEW signed by District Judge Anthony W. Ishii on 6/25/2020. IT IS HEREBY ORDERED Defendant's motion to submit documents for in camera inspection (Doc. No. [18] ) is GRANTED. Within twen ty-one (21) days of service of this order, the IRS shall submit the unredacted copies of the documents identified in its motion for in camera inspection. Once the Court has reviewed the documents in camera, it will issue additional orders as discussed above. (Gonzales, V)
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Jun 25 20

AMERICAN BROADCASTING COMPANIES, INC. et al v. UNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF THE TREASURY, plus case descriptions

by Harry Hammitt

We have added 150 documents from 16 FOIA cases filed between June 14, 2020 and June 20, 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. AMERICAN BROADCASTING COMPANIES, INC. et al v. UNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF THE TREASURY (filed Jun 15, 2020)
    ABC producer/reporter Benjamin Gittleson submitted a FOIA request to the Department of Treasury for records concerning the decision to add President Donald Trump’s signature to checks distributed under the Economic Impact Payment program. Gittleson also requested expedited processing and a fee waiver read more…
Jun 25 20

FOIA Activity: 4 New Procedural or Substantive Decisions

by FOIA Project Staff

We have added 4 decisions of a procedural or substantive nature filed between June 14, 2020 and June 20, 2020. These are associated with 4 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 1:2017cv01684PEJOUHESH v. UNITED STATES POSTAL SERVICE

    • June 18, 2020: MEMORANDUM OPINION AND ORDER: For the reasons explained herein, it is hereby ORDERED that (1) the Court will not appoint counsel to represent Plaintiff; (2) Plaintiff shall respond to the pending motion for summary judgment on or before August 15, 2020; and (3) the Clerk of the Court shall mail Plaintiff a copy of the docket sheet at his address of record. Signed by Judge Randolph D. Moss on 06/18/2020. (lcrdm2, )
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Jun 18 20

AMERICAN CIVIL LIBERTIES UNION OF THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA v. UNITED STATES SECRET SERVICE, plus case descriptions

by Harry Hammitt

We have added 93 documents from 13 FOIA cases filed between June 7, 2020 and June 13, 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. AMERICAN CIVIL LIBERTIES UNION OF THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA v. UNITED STATES SECRET SERVICE (filed Jun 8, 2020)
    The American Civil Liberties Union of the District of Columbia submitted a FOIA request to U.S. Secret Service for records concerning video recordings of the July 4, 2019 arrest of Gregory Johnson outside the White House for burning two flags. The charges were subsequently dropped. The ACLU of D.C. also requested a fee waiver read more…
Jun 18 20

FOIA Activity: 10 New Procedural or Substantive Decisions

by FOIA Project Staff

We have added 10 decisions of a procedural or substantive nature filed between June 7, 2020 and June 13, 2020. These are associated with 10 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. AK 3:2020cv00046Stoufer v. Federal Bureau of Investigation et al

    • June 12, 2020: ORDER re 10 EX PARTE MOTION filed by Steven Stoufer. The Motion to file Ex Parte is GRANTED. The underlying Motion Requesting Volunteer Attorney is DENIED. Signed by Judge Sharon L. Gleason on 6/12/20. (JLH, COURT STAFF)
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Jun 17 20

May 2020 FOIA Litigation with Five-Year Monthly Trends

by FOIA Project Staff

During the month of May 2020 federal district courts saw a total of 70 new Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuits filed under 5 U.S.C. 552. To place this number in perspective, 70 new filings compares with a monthly average of 68 filings during the last 12 months. This month’s total brought overall FOIA filings on an annual basis for these last 12 months to 816.

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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Jun 11 20

WP COMPANY LLC v. U.S. DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY et al and 8 other new FOIA lawsuits, plus case descriptions

by Harry Hammitt

We have added 89 documents from 9 FOIA cases filed between May 31, 2020 and June 6, 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. WP COMPANY LLC v. U.S. DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY et al (filed Jun 5, 2020)
    The Washington Post submitted 11 FOIA requests to the U.S. Secret Service for records concerning costs incurred in protecting the Trump family or its properties. The agency acknowledged receipt of the requests. The Washington Post also submitted 8 FOIA requests to the Department of State for records concerning costs incurred by the agency in staying at various Trump international hotels read more…
Jun 11 20

FOIA Activity: 19 New Procedural or Substantive Decisions

by FOIA Project Staff

We have added 19 decisions of a procedural or substantive nature filed between May 31, 2020 and June 6, 2020. These are associated with 19 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 3:2018cv01979American Small Business League v. Department of Defense

    • June 5, 2020: ORDER GRANTING IN PART AND DENYING IN PART [166] MOTION TO COMPEL. SIGNED BY JUDGE ALSUP. (whalc2, COURT STAFF) (Filed on 6/5/2020)
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Jun 4 20

CITIZENS FOR RESPONSIBILITY AND ETHICS IN WASHINGTON v. U.S. DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY, plus case descriptions

by Harry Hammitt

We have added 119 documents from 12 FOIA cases filed between May 24, 2020 and May 30, 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. CITIZENS FOR RESPONSIBILITY AND ETHICS IN WASHINGTON v. U.S. DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY (filed May 27, 2020)
    Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington submitted two FOIA requests to Department of Homeland Security for records concerning expenses incurred by U.S. Secret Service in providing protection for Donald Trump Jr. CREW’s first request asked for the cost of security for Trump’s travel to Mongolia in 2019 read more…
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