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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…
Jun 4 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 May 24, 2020 and May 30, 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. DC 1:2014cv00403SAI v. TRANSPORTATION SECURITY ADMINISTRATION

    • May 29, 2020: MEMORANDUM OPINION AND ORDER granting in part and denying in part Defendant's Motion for Summary Judgment, Dkt. [174] , and denying Plaintiff's Motion for Partial Summary Judgment, Dkt. 185. See document for details. Signed by Judge Randolph D. Moss on 5/29/2020. (lcrdm1)
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May 28 20

FOIA Activity: 130 new FOIA court documents, plus case descriptions

by Harry Hammitt

We have added 126 documents from 16 FOIA cases filed between May 17, 2020 and May 23, 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. CENTER FOR BIOLOGICAL DIVERSITY v. U.S. DEPARTMENT OF THE TREASURY (filed May 19, 2020)
    The Center for Biological Diversity submitted a FOIA request to the Department of Treasury for records concerning applications from fossil fuel companies for economic relief under the CARES Act. The agency acknowledged receipt of the request but after hearing nothing further from the agency, CBD filed suit read more…
May 28 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 May 17, 2020 and May 23, 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. DC 1:2016cv02465RODRIGUEZ v. FEDERAL BUREAU OF INVESTIGATION
    • May 20, 2020: MEMORANDUM OPINION re: [57] Defendant’s Motion for Summary Judgment. See attached Memorandum Opinion for further details. Signed by Judge Amit P. Mehta on 05/20/2020. (lcapm3)
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May 21 20

AMERICAN OVERSIGHT v. CENTERS FOR DISEASE CONTROL AND PREVENTION et al and 22 other new FOIA lawsuits

by Harry Hammitt

We have added 157 documents from 22 FOIA cases filed between May 10, 2020 and May 16, 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 OVERSIGHT v. CENTERS FOR DISEASE CONTROL AND PREVENTION et al (filed May 15, 2020)
    American Oversight filed suit against the Centers for Disease Control, challenging its policy of requiring requesters to narrow their requests before the agency would process them constituted an illegal practice or policy that violated FOIA. read more…
May 21 20

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 May 10, 2020 and May 16, 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. CAN 3:2019cv06150Ecological Rights Foundation v. United States Air Force

    • May 11, 2020: ORDER OF DISMISSAL. Signed by Judge Vince Chhabria on 5/11/2020. (knm, COURT STAFF) (Filed on 5/11/2020)
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May 14 20

CITIZENS FOR RESPONSIBILITY AND ETHICS IN WASHINGTON v. U.S. DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION and 17 other new FOIA lawsuits

by Harry Hammitt

We have added 102 documents from 16 FOIA cases filed between May 3, 2020 and May 9, 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 EDUCATION (filed May 6, 2020)
    Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington submitted FOIA requests to the Department of Education and Department of Housing and Urban Development for records concerning the Urban Revitalization Coalition, a non-profit group founded and operated by supporters of President Trump. CREW sent two requests to the Department of Education pertaining to a cancelled event at Virginia Union University scheduled to honor President Trump on Martin Luther King Day read more…
May 14 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 May 3, 2020 and May 9, 2020. These are associated with 11 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 3:2018cv02736Buckovetz v. Department of the Navy

    • May 7, 2020: ORDER Granting [34] Defendant's Motion to Dismiss for Lack of Jurisdiction. Signed by Magistrate Judge Mitchell D. Dembin on 5/7/2020. (All non-registered users served via U.S. Mail Service)(mme)
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May 7 20

CALLIMACHI v. CENTRAL INTELLIGENCE AGENCY and 7 other new FOIA lawsuits, plus case descriptions

by Harry Hammitt

We have added 96 documents from 8 FOIA cases filed between April 26, 2020 and May 2, 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. CALLIMACHI v. CENTRAL INTELLIGENCE AGENCY (filed Apr 29, 2020)
    Rukmini Callimachi, an investigative reporter for the New York Times, submitted six FOIA requests to the CIA for records concerning her stepfather, Mihail Horia Botez. Callimachi’s requests also asked for records on various individuals who had worked in the Romanian communist government. The agency eventually acknowledged receipt of all the requests but after hearing nothing further from the agency, Callimachi filed suit read more…
May 7 20

FOIA Activity: 15 New Procedural or Substantive Decisions

by FOIA Project Staff

We have added 15 decisions of a procedural or substantive nature filed between April 26, 2020 and May 2, 2020. These are associated with 13 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 2:2019cv02429(PS) Graham v. U.S. Dept. of Homeland Security et al

    • April 30, 2020: ORDER signed by Magistrate Judge Edmund F. Brennan on 4/30/2020 GRANTING [11] Motion for extension of time. Motion to Dismiss [10] Hearing Reset for 6/3/2020 at 10:00 AM in Courtroom 8 (EFB) before Magistrate Judge Edmund F. Brennan. Plaintiff shall file an opposition to the pending motion, or a statement of non-opposition by 5/20/2020. Defendant's reply due by 5/27/2020. The Initial Scheduling Conference is Reset for 8/5/2020 at 10:00 AM in Courtroom 8 (EFB) before Magistrate Judge Edmund F. Brennan.(Reader, L)
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