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Sep 23 21

Public Health and Medical Professionals for Transparency v. Food and Drug Administration, plus case descriptions

by Harry Hammitt

We have added 72 documents from 11 FOIA cases filed between September 12, 2021 and September 18, 2021. 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. Public Health and Medical Professionals for Transparency v. Food and Drug Administration (filed Sep 16, 2021)
    Public Health and Medical Professionals for Transparency submitted a FOIA request to the FDA for records concerning data on the Pfizer vaccine. PHMDT also requested expedited processing. The agency acknowledged receipt of the request and denied PHMDT’s request for expedited processing. After hearing nothing further from the agency, PHMDT filed suit read more…
Sep 23 21

FOIA Activity: 27 New Procedural or Substantive Decisions

by FOIA Project Staff

We have added 27 decisions of a procedural or substantive nature filed between September 12, 2021 and September 18, 2021. These are associated with 26 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. CAS 3:2021cv01543Hart v. Facebook, Inc. et al

    • September 17, 2021: ORDER Granting [9] Joint Motion to Extend Time to Respond to Complaint. Twitter must respond to the Complaint on or before the Federal Government Defendants' deadline to respond pursuant to Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 12(a)(2), which is currently, 11/8/2021. Signed by Judge Michael M. Anello on 9/17/2021. (tcf)
    • September 17, 2021: ORDER Granting [9] Joint Motion to Extend Time to Respond to Complaint. Twitter must respond to the Complaint on or before the Federal Government Defendants' deadline to respond pursuant to Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 12(a)(2), which is currently, 11/8/2021. Signed by Judge Michael M. Anello on 9/17/2021. (tcf)
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Sep 22 21

BuzzFeed Inc. v. U.S. Department Of Justice and 7 other new FOIA lawsuits, plus case descriptions

by Harry Hammitt

We have added 51 documents from 7 FOIA cases filed between September 5, 2021 and September 11, 2021. 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. BuzzFeed Inc. v. U.S. Department Of Justice (filed Sep 9, 2021)
    BuzzFeed submitted a FOIA request to the Office of the Inspector General at the Department of Justice for records concerning a full copy of the investigative summary published on OIG’s website pertaining to findings of misconduct by a former DOJ executive officer for making inappropriate comments constituting sexual harassment read more…
Sep 22 21

FOIA Activity: 5 New Procedural or Substantive Decisions

by FOIA Project Staff

We have added 5 decisions of a procedural or substantive nature filed between September 5, 2021 and September 11, 2021. These are associated with 5 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 4:2020cv09117US Right to Know v. United States Department of Education

    • September 7, 2021: ORDER (AS MODIFIED) granting [22] Stipulation Continuing Initial Case Management Conference: Joint Case Management Statement due by 12/8/2021. Initial Case Management Conference set for 12/15/2021 10:00 AM in Oakland, – Videoconference Only. This proceeding will be held via a Zoom webinar. Webinar Access: All counsel, members of the public, and media may access the webinar information at https://www.cand.uscourts.gov/ dmr General Order 58. Persons granted access to court proceedings held by telephone or videoconference are reminded that photographing, recording, and rebroadcasting of court proceedings, including screenshots or other visual copyin g of a hearing, is absolutely prohibited. Zoom Guidance and Setup: https://www.cand.uscourts.gov/zoom/. Signed by Magistrate Judge Donna M. Ryu on 9/7/21. (ig, COURT STAFF) (Filed on 9/7/2021). Modified on 9/7/2021 (ig, COURT STAFF).
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Sep 15 21

August 2021 FOIA Litigation with Five-Year Monthly Trends

by FOIA Project Staff

During the month of August 2021 federal district courts saw a total of 64 new Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuits filed under 5 U.S.C. 552. To place this number in perspective, 64 new filings compares with a monthly average of 57 filings during the last 12 months. This month’s total brought overall FOIA filings on an annual basis for these last 12 months to 686.

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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Sep 10 21

HUMAN RIGHTS DEFENSE CENTER v. IMMIGRATION & CUSTOMS ENFORCEMENT and 14 other new FOIA lawsuits

by Harry Hammitt

We have added 80 documents from 15 FOIA cases filed between August 29, 2021 and September 4, 2021. 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. HUMAN RIGHTS DEFENSE CENTER v. IMMIGRATION & CUSTOMS ENFORCEMENT (filed Aug 30, 2021)
    Human Right Defense Center submitted a FOIA request to U.S. Immigration for records concerning 11 companies that operated detention centers for the agency. HRDC also requested a fee waiver. The agency acknowledged receipt of the request and granted HRDC’s request for a fee waiver. After hearing nothing further from the agency, HRDC filed suit read more…
Sep 10 21

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 August 29, 2021 and September 4, 2021. 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. CAE 2:2018cv00873Stanco et al v. Internal Revenue Service

    • September 1, 2021: ORDER signed by District Judge Troy L. Nunley on 8/31/2021 DENYING [33] Motion to Dismiss. Defendant shall file a responsive pleading within twenty- one (21) days of the date of electronic filing date of this Order. (Mena-Sanchez, L)
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Sep 9 21

CENTER FOR FOOD SAFETY v. ANIMAL AND PLANT HEALTH INSPECTION SERVICE and 13 other new FOIA lawsuits

by Harry Hammitt

We have added 77 documents from 13 FOIA cases filed between August 22, 2021 and August 28, 2021. 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. CENTER FOR FOOD SAFETY v. ANIMAL AND PLANT HEALTH INSPECTION SERVICE (filed Aug 26, 2021)
    The Center for Food Safety submitted a FOIA request to the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service for records concerning revisions of regulations pertaining to genetically engineered organisms. The agency acknowledged receipt of the request but after hearing nothing further from the agency, CFS filed suit read more…
Sep 9 21

FOIA Activity: 5 New Procedural or Substantive Decisions

by FOIA Project Staff

We have added 5 decisions of a procedural or substantive nature filed between August 22, 2021 and August 28, 2021. 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 1:2006cv01255MARINO v. DRUG ENFORCEMENT ADMINISTRATION

    • August 26, 2021: MEMORANDUM OPINION in support of [151] Order denying Plaintiff's [130] Motion for Summary Judgment and granting Defendant's [136] Motion for Summary Judgment. Signed by Judge Timothy J. Kelly on 8/26/2021. (lctjk1)
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Sep 3 21

July 2021 FOIA Litigation with Five-Year Monthly Trends

by FOIA Project Staff

During the month of July 2021 federal district courts saw a total of 60 new Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuits filed under 5 U.S.C. 552. To place this number in perspective, 60 new filings compares with a monthly average of 57 filings during the last 12 months. This month’s total brought overall FOIA filings on an annual basis for these last 12 months to 688.

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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