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Nov 9 17

SOUTHERN UTAH WILDERNESS ALLIANCE et al v. U.S. DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR et al and 10 other new FOIA lawsuits

by Harry Hammitt

We have added 72 documents from 10 FOIA cases filed between October 29, 2017 and November 4, 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. SOUTHERN UTAH WILDERNESS ALLIANCE et al v. U.S. DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR et al (filed Nov 2, 2017)
    Southern Utah Wilderness Alliance and five other environmental advocacy groups submitted seven FOIA requests to the Department of the Interior, the Bureau of Land Management, and the Council of Environmental Quality for records concerning the agency’s review of national monuments. The agencies acknowledged receipt of the requests, but after hearing nothing further from the agencies, Southern Utah Wilderness Alliance and the five other environmental advocacy groups filed suit read more…
Nov 9 17

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 October 29, 2017 and November 4, 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. DC 1:2015cv00689JUDICIAL WATCH, INC. v. U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE
    • November 3, 2017: MEMORANDUM OPINION: The Court will DISMISS Judicial Watch's remaining claims regarding the redactions in the email chain. See document for details. A separate order will issue. Signed by Judge Randolph D. Moss on 11/3/17. (lcrdm3, )
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Nov 2 17

Behar v. U.S. Department of Homeland Security and 13 other new FOIA lawsuits

by Harry Hammitt

We have added 82 documents from 13 FOIA cases filed between October 22, 2017 and October 28, 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. Behar v. U.S. Department of Homeland Security (filed Oct 23, 2017)
    Richard Behar, a reporter, submitted a FOIA request to the U.S. Secret Service for records cataloging visitors to candidate Donald Trump, his family, and campaign officials during the election and prior to his inauguration. Behar also requested expedited processing. The agency acknowledged receipt of the request, but after hearing nothing further from the agency, Behar filed suit read more…
Nov 2 17

FOIA Activity: 3 New Procedural or Substantive Decisions

by FOIA Project Staff

We have added 3 decisions of a procedural or substantive nature filed between October 22, 2017 and October 28, 2017. These are associated with 3 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 1:2014cv01511JUDICIAL WATCH, INC. v. U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE
    • October 24, 2017: MEMORANDUM OPINION & ORDER granting defendant's [46] Motion for Reconsideration and to Alter Judgment. See Order for details. Signed by Judge Amy Berman Jackson on 10/24/2017. (lcabj2)
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Oct 26 17

LEOPOLD et al v. CENTRAL INTELLIGENCE AGENCY and 15 other new FOIA lawsuits

by Harry Hammitt

We have added 84 documents from 14 FOIA cases filed between October 15, 2017 and October 21, 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. LEOPOLD et al v. CENTRAL INTELLIGENCE AGENCY (filed Oct 19, 2017)
    Reporter Jason Leopold submitted a FOIA request to the CIA for records concerning payments made by the agency to Syrian rebels fighting Assad. Leopold argued that a tweet from President Trump critical of a Washington Post article about the payments constituted public acknowledgment of the payments. Leopold also requested a fee waiver and inclusion in the news media fee category read more…
Oct 26 17

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 October 15, 2017 and October 21, 2017. 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. CAN 3:2017cv00741Smith v. United States Agency for International Development
    • October 16, 2017: ORDER DISMISSING CASE WITH PREJUDICE. Signed by Magistrate Judge Maria-Elena James on 10/16/2017. (rmm2S, COURT STAFF) (Filed on 10/16/2017)
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Oct 19 17

WP COMPANY LLC v. SPECIAL INSPECTOR GENERAL OF AFGHANISTAN RECONSTRUCTION and 14 other new FOIA lawsuits

by Harry Hammitt

We have added 117 documents from 13 FOIA cases filed between October 8, 2017 and October 14, 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. WP COMPANY LLC v. SPECIAL INSPECTOR GENERAL OF AFGHANISTAN RECONSTRUCTION (filed Oct 12, 2017)
    Washington Post reporters Greg Miller and Craig Whitlock submitted a FOIA request to the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction for records concerning interviews the agency conducted with former Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn. The Post also requested expedited processing and a fee waiver. The agency denied the Post’s request in full read more…
Oct 19 17

FOIA Activity: 2 New Procedural or Substantive Decisions

by FOIA Project Staff

We have added 2 decisions of a procedural or substantive nature filed between October 8, 2017 and October 14, 2017. These are associated with 2 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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Oct 12 17

Vietnam Veterans of America et al v. Defense and 18 other new FOIA lawsuits

by Harry Hammitt

We have added 109 documents from 19 FOIA cases filed between October 1, 2017 and October 7, 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. Vietnam Veterans of America et al v. Defense (filed Oct 3, 2017)
    Vietnam Veterans of America, Connecticut State Council of Vietnam Veterans of America, and Anthony Maloni submitted FOIA requests to the Department of Defense for records concerning the 1966 clean-up of a nuclear accident near Palomares, Spain caused by a mid-air collision between a B-52 and KC-135 tanker aircraft, which resulted in the disclosure of clouds of radioactive plutonium dust read more…
Oct 12 17

FOIA Activity: 2 New Procedural or Substantive Decisions

by FOIA Project Staff

We have added 2 decisions of a procedural or substantive nature filed between October 1, 2017 and October 7, 2017. These are associated with 2 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.