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Jul 20 17

JAMES MADISON PROJECT et al v. DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE and 14 other new FOIA lawsuits

by Harry Hammitt

We have added 59 documents from 15 FOIA cases filed between July 9, 2017 and July 15, 2017. 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. JAMES MADISON PROJECT et al v. DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE (filed Jul 14, 2017)
    The James Madison Project and Politico reporter Josh Gerstein submitted FOIA requests to the Department of Justice for records concerning any communications between DOJ and the FBI as to whether President Trump was a target of or a material witness to any investigation. The James Madison Project and Gerstein also requested expedited processing read more…
Jul 20 17

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 July 9, 2017 and July 15, 2017. 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. CAE 1:2015cv00007Turner v. United States Department of the Treasury
    • July 10, 2017: ORDER GRANTING Defendant's Ex Parte Application Requesting Modification of the Briefing Schedule, signed by District Judge Dale A. Drozd on 7/10/17. (Marrujo, C)
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Jul 13 17

CAUSE OF ACTION INSTITUTE v. NATIONAL OCEANIC AND ATMOSPHERIC ADMINISTRATION and 16 other new FOIA lawsuits

by Harry Hammitt

We have added 105 documents from 13 FOIA cases filed between July 2, 2017 and July 8, 2017. 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. CAUSE OF ACTION INSTITUTE v. NATIONAL OCEANIC AND ATMOSPHERIC ADMINISTRATION (filed Jul 6, 2017)
    Cause of Action Institute submitted two FOIA requests to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration for records concerning the retention of social media messages. Cause of Action Institute requested a fee waiver for its first request and expedited processing as part of its second request. The agency acknowledged receipt of the requests read more…
Jul 13 17

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 July 2, 2017 and July 8, 2017. 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 3:2017cv01587Frost v. Wilkinson
    • July 5, 2017: ORDER by Judge Laurel Beeler granting [12] Motion to Dismiss; granting [36] Motion to Dismiss; finding as moot [39] Motion for Miscellaneous Relief. The court dismisses the complaint without prejudice. The plaintiff may file an amended com plaint, if he chooses, to add a proper defendant and to plausibly allege that his FOIA claim is not moot and is otherwise viable. Any amended complaint must be filed within 28 days of this order: that is, by August 2, 2017. The plaintiff's subsequent motion (ECF No. 39) is denied as moot. (lblc3S, COURT STAFF) (Filed on 7/5/2017)
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Jul 6 17

DEMOCRACY FORWARD FOUNDATION v. UNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION and 18 other new FOIA lawsuits

by Harry Hammitt

We have added 111 documents from 19 FOIA cases filed between June 25, 2017 and July 1, 2017. 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. DEMOCRACY FORWARD FOUNDATION v. UNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION (filed Jun 30, 2017)
    The Democracy Forward Foundation submitted a FOIA request to the Department of Transportation for records concerning the use of encrypted and ephemeral social media applications by the agency to avoid creating and retaining public records. The agency acknowledged receipt of the request, but after hearing nothing further from the agency, the Democracy Forward Foundation filed suit read more…
Jul 6 17

FOIA Activity: 7 New Procedural or Substantive Decisions

by FOIA Project Staff

We have added 7 decisions of a procedural or substantive nature filed between June 25, 2017 and July 1, 2017. 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. CAE 1:2017cv00034Ford v. Ciraolo-Klepper et al
    • June 26, 2017: ORDER Denying [21] Motion to Alter or Amend Judgment, signed by District Judge Dale A. Drozd on 6/23/17. (Gonzalez, R)
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Jun 30 17

JAMES MADISON PROJECT et al v. CENTRAL INTELLIGENCE AGENCY et al and 13 other new FOIA lawsuits

by Harry Hammitt

We have added 93 documents from 14 FOIA cases filed between June 18, 2017 and June 24, 2017. 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. JAMES MADISON PROJECT et al v. CENTRAL INTELLIGENCE AGENCY et al (filed Jun 22, 2017)
    The James Madison Project and Noah Shachtman and Spencer Ackerman of the Daily Beast submitted FOIA requests to the CIA and other intelligence agencies for records concerning President Trump’s decision to share classified information with Russian officials during a meeting at the White House. The agencies acknowledged receipt of the requests, but after the James Madison Project heard nothing further from the agencies, it filed suit read more…
Jun 30 17

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 June 18, 2017 and June 24, 2017. 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. CAN 3:2016cv05884Facebook, Inc. and Subsidiaries v. Internal Revenue Service
    • June 19, 2017: ORDER by Judge Laurel Beeler granting [38] Motion for Partial Summary Judgment; denying [28] Motion to Compel. The court grants the IRS's motion for partial summary judgment and dismisses without prejudice Facebook's claim for docum ents in electronic, native-file format with metadata. The court denies Facebook's motion to compel. The court also encourages, but does not require, the IRS to produce the documents discussed at the June 15 hearing and described in the attached order. (lblc1S, COURT STAFF) (Filed on 6/19/2017)
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Jun 30 17

FOIA Activity: 184 new FOIA court documents

by Harry Hammitt

We have added 175 documents from 33 FOIA cases filed between June 11, 2017 and June 17, 2017. 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. Reyes v. Bureau of Indian Affairs Pacific Regional Office (filed Jun 13, 2017)
    Emilio Reyes submitted a FOIA request to the Bureau of Indian Affairs, Pacific Regional Office for records concerning two 1928 California Indian blanket applications. The agency disclosed 178 documents in part and withheld 95 documents entirely. Reyes then filed suit. read more…
Jun 30 17

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 June 11, 2017 and June 17, 2017. 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. AZ 2:2016cv02777Barkley v. United States Department of Labor, Office of Labor Management Standards et al
    • June 12, 2017: ORDER granting [34] Defendant's Motion for Summary Judgment. The Clerk shall enter judgment and terminate this action with prejudice. Signed by Magistrate Judge David K Duncan on 6/9/17.(DXD)
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