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Jul 30 20

FOIA Activity: 95 new FOIA court documents, plus case descriptions

by Harry Hammitt

We have added 95 documents from 15 FOIA cases filed between July 19, 2020 and July 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.

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

  1. Galliani et al v. Internal Revenue Service (filed Jul 20, 2020)
    Raymond and Sharon Galliani submitted a FOIA request through their attorneys to the IRS for records concerning their tax records. The agency acknowledged receipt of the request but after hearing nothing further from the agency, the Gallianis filed suit. read more…
Jul 30 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 July 19, 2020 and July 25, 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.

Click on the date to view the full text of the decision. Click on a case title below to view other details for that case, including links to the docket report and complaint.

  1. CAS 3:2019cv00462The Children's Advocacy Institute v. Office of Refugee Resettlement, Administration for Children and Families et al

    • July 22, 2020: ORDER: (1) Granting [25] Joint Motion to Vacate July 27, 2020 Status Conference; (2) Scheduling Settlement Disposition Conference. A Joint Motion to Dismiss must be electronically filed on or before September 8, 2020. If a Joint Motion to Dismiss an d proposed order to dismiss are not submitted on or before September 8, 2020, then a Settlement Disposition Conference will be held on September 14, 2020, at 10:00 AM before Judge Skomal. Signed by Magistrate Judge Bernard G. Skomal on 7/22/2020. (mme)
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Jul 24 20

AMERICAN OVERSIGHT v. U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE et al and 13 other new FOIA lawsuits, plus case descriptions

by Harry Hammitt

We have added 84 documents from 12 FOIA cases filed between July 12, 2020 and July 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.

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

  1. AMERICAN OVERSIGHT v. U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE et al (filed Jul 16, 2020)
    American Oversight submitted FOIA requests to the Department of State, the General Services Administration, the Army, and the Navy for records concerning communications related to allowing Secretary Michael Pompeo to use military housing. The agencies acknowledged receipt of the requests but after hearing anything further from any of the agencies, American Oversight filed suit read more…
Jul 24 20

FOIA Activity: 13 New Procedural or Substantive Decisions

by FOIA Project Staff

We have added 13 decisions of a procedural or substantive nature filed between July 12, 2020 and July 18, 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.

Click on the date to view the full text of the decision. Click on a case title below to view other details for that case, including links to the docket report and complaint.

  1. CAE 2:2018cv00873Stanco et al v. Internal Revenue Service

    • July 15, 2020: ORDER signed by District Judge Troy L. Nunley on 7/14/2020 GRANTING [14] Notice of Request to Seal Document, and SEALING [12-1] Declaration of William A. Cohan in its entirety. (Huang, H)
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Jul 17 20

Catholic Legal Immigration Network, Inc. et al v. United States Citizenship and Immigration Services et al

by Harry Hammitt

We have added 126 documents from 18 FOIA cases filed between July 5, 2020 and July 11, 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. Catholic Legal Immigration Network, Inc. et al v. United States Citizenship and Immigration Services et al (filed Jul 10, 2020)
    The Catholic Legal Immigration Network, Alianza Americas, and National TPS Alliance submitted FOIA requests to U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, the Department of Homeland Security, and the Department of State for records concerning the Trump administration’s policy on temporary protected status read more…
Jul 17 20

FOIA Activity: 26 New Procedural or Substantive Decisions

by FOIA Project Staff

We have added 26 decisions of a procedural or substantive nature filed between July 5, 2020 and July 11, 2020. These are associated with 23 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.

Click on the date to view the full text of the decision. Click on a case title below to view other details for that case, including links to the docket report and complaint.

  1. CAC 2:2019cv09471Rashid El Malik v. Department of Veteran Affairs et al

    • July 8, 2020: MINUTES (IN CHAMBERS) by Judge Philip S. Gutierrez: The Court GRANTS the motion to dismiss the FAC in its entirety [29] The Court DISMISSES the claims for lack of jurisdiction and without prejudice. This order closes the case. See document for details. ( MD JS-6. Case Terminated ) (smo)
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Jul 16 20

June 2020 FOIA Litigation with Five-Year Monthly Trends

by FOIA Project Staff

During the month of June 2020 federal district courts saw a total of 62 new Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuits filed under 5 U.S.C. 552. To place this number in perspective, 62 new filings compares with a monthly average of 67 filings during the last 12 months. This month’s total brought overall FOIA filings on an annual basis for these last 12 months to 808.

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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Jul 9 20

EMUWA et al v. UNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY and 15 other new FOIA lawsuits, plus case descriptions

by Harry Hammitt

We have added 121 documents from 16 FOIA cases filed between June 28, 2020 and July 4, 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.

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

  1. EMUWA et al v. UNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY (filed Jun 29, 2020)
    Amara Emuwa, Michaux Lukusa, Mohammed Alqaraghuli, Fnu Alatanhua, and the Louise Trauma Center submitted FOIA requests to the Department of Homeland Security for records concerning their asylum assessment reports. The agency acknowledged receipt of their requests but refused to provide the assessment recommendation for the asylum interviews read more…
Jul 9 20

FOIA Activity: 11 New Procedural or Substantive Decisions

by FOIA Project Staff

We have added 11 decisions of a procedural or substantive nature filed between June 28, 2020 and July 4, 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.

Click on the date to view the full text of the decision. Click on a case title below to view other details for that case, including links to the docket report and complaint.

  1. DC 1:2012cv00313SHAPIRO v. DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE

    • July 2, 2020: MEMORANDUM OPINION regarding defendant's [97] Motion for Summary Judgment, defendant's [102] Request for Discovery Pursuant to Rule 56(d), and defendant's [105] Cross-Motion for Summary Judgment. Signed by Chief Judge Beryl A. Howell on July 2, 2020. (lcbah4)
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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…
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