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Aug 25 16

JUDICIAL WATCH, INC. v. DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY and 12 other new FOIA lawsuits

by Harry Hammitt

We have added 58 documents from 13 FOIA cases filed between August 14, 2016 and August 20, 2016. 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. JUDICIAL WATCH, INC. v. DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY (filed Aug 16, 2016)
    Judicial Watch submitted a FOIA request to the Department of Homeland Security for records concerning contracts with the security firm G4S for transportation of illegal immigrants from the Mexican border into the interior of the United States. Judicial Watch also submitted a FOIA request to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement for records concerning the number of illegal immigrants transported by G4S read more…
Aug 25 16

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 August 14, 2016 and August 20, 2016. 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. DC 1:2015cv00309PEOPLE FOR THE ETHICAL TREATMENT OF ANIMALS, INC. v. UNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES
    • August 18, 2016: MEMORANDUM OPINION. Signed by Judge Colleen Kollar-Kotelly on 8/18/2016. (lcckk1)
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Aug 18 16

BRENNAN CENTER FOR JUSTICE v. DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY and 14 other new FOIA lawsuits

by Harry Hammitt

We have added 76 documents from 15 FOIA cases filed between August 7, 2016 and August 13, 2016. 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. BRENNAN CENTER FOR JUSTICE v. DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY (filed Aug 8, 2016)
    The Brennan Center for Justice submitted a FOIA request to the Department of Homeland Security for records concerning the closure of immigration proceedings on national security grounds. U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement responded that it was referring the request to the Executive Office for Immigration Review at the Justice Department read more…
Aug 18 16

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 August 7, 2016 and August 13, 2016. 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. CAC 2:2015cv01740Osvaldo Rosa v. United States of America
    • August 8, 2016: ORDER TO SHOW CAUSE WHY THIS ACTION SHOULD NOT BE DISMISSED by Judge Dean D. Pregerson: On June 23, 2016, Defendants submitted a status report informing the court that the United States is not a proper party to a FOIA action. Accordingly, the court h ereby orders the parties to file cross-briefs, not to exceed ten pages, whether this case should not be dismissed. Such briefs shall be filed within forty five days from the date of this Order. Plaintiffs failure to file a brief will result in the dismissal of this action. (lc). Modified on 8/8/2016 (lc).
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Aug 17 16

Update to FOIA Backlogs and Processing Times data tool

by FOIA Project Staff

We have made the following update to the Agency FOIA Backlogs and Processing Times data tool: Data for DoD – Army, DoD – Air Force Headquarters,DOI – Fish and Wildlife Service and DHS – U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Services has been updated through June 2016.

We also added a new agency, DOJ – Civil Division, with data through June 2016.

Aug 11 16

PARTNERSHIP FOR CIVIL JUSTICE FUND v. UNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR et al and 10 other new FOIA lawsuits

by Harry Hammitt

We have added 51 documents from 9 FOIA cases filed between July 31, 2016 and August 6, 2016. 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. PARTNERSHIP FOR CIVIL JUSTICE FUND v. UNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR et al (filed Aug 3, 2016)
    The Partnership for Civil Justice Fund submitted FOIA requests to the National Park Service and the General Services Administration for records concerning the use of public forum space abutting the Old Post Office Building in Washington, D.C., which is currently being developed as Trump International Hotel read more…
Aug 11 16

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 July 31, 2016 and August 6, 2016. 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 3:2016cv02041Electronic Frontier Foundation v. United States Department of Justice
    • August 2, 2016: ORDER by Judge Haywood S. Gilliam, Jr. Granting [25] Stipulation. (ndrS, COURT STAFF) (Filed on 8/2/2016)
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Aug 4 16

Dubuque v. Air Force Office of Special Investigations et al and 6 other new FOIA lawsuits

by Harry Hammitt

We have added 21 documents from 2 FOIA cases filed between July 24, 2016 and July 30, 2016. 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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  • Dubuque v. Air Force Office of Special Investigations et al (filed Jul 29, 2016)
    Mark Dubuque submitted a FOIA request to the Department of the Air Force and the Air Force Office of Special Investigations for records concerning, among other things, a polygraph test that Dubuque had taken. The agency did not respond and Dubuque filed suit in 2015. That suit resulted in the disclosure of 232 documents, although the agency did not release the records concerning the polygraph test and continued to assert exemptions read more…
Aug 4 16

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 24, 2016 and July 30, 2016. 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. CAN 3:2006cv00185Pickard v. Department of Justice
    • July 29, 2016: ORDER TERMINATING MOTION, VACATING HEARING, DIRECTING FILING OF NEW BRIEFS, AND SETTING NEW HEARING DATE. Signed by Judge Charles R. Breyer on 7/29/2016. (crblc1, COURT STAFF) (Filed on 7/29/2016)
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Jul 29 16

Update to FOIA Backlogs and Processing Times data tool

by FOIA Project Staff

We have made the following update to the Agency FOIA Backlogs and Processing Times data tool: Data for DOJ – Bureau of Prisons and Environmental Protection Agency updated through June 2016.