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May 3 18

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 April 22, 2018 and April 28, 2018. 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. ARW 1:2018cv01004Carter v. USDA
    • April 26, 2018: ORDER granting [16] Motion to Change Venue; ORDER TRANSFERRING CASE to District of Eastern District of Arkansas. Signed by Honorable Barry A. Bryant on April 26, 2018. (cnn)
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Apr 26 18

ELECTRONIC PRIVACY INFORMATION CENTER v. INTERNAL REVENUE SERVICE and 24 other new FOIA lawsuits

by Harry Hammitt

We have added 176 documents from 21 FOIA cases filed between April 15, 2018 and April 21, 2018. 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. ELECTRONIC PRIVACY INFORMATION CENTER v. INTERNAL REVENUE SERVICE (filed Apr 17, 2018)
    The Electronic Privacy Information Center submitted a FOIA request to the IRS for records concerning accepted offers-in-compromise relating to any past or present tax liability for President Trump. EPIC noted that offers-in-compromise fell within an exception to the rule protecting tax return information read more…
Apr 26 18

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 April 15, 2018 and April 21, 2018. 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 1:2016cv00449JUDICIAL WATCH, INC. v. CENTRAL INTELLIGENCE AGENCY
    • April 19, 2018: MEMORANDUM OPINION granting [9] Defendant's motion for summary judgment, and denying [11] Plaintiff's motion for summary judgment, as stated in this Court's [22] Order of March 31, 2018. Signed by Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson on 04/19/2018. (lckbj1)
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Apr 19 18

ARAB AMERICAN INSTITUTE v. OFFICE OF MANAGEMENT AND BUDGET and 31 other new FOIA lawsuits

by Harry Hammitt

We have added 161 documents from 29 FOIA cases filed between April 8, 2018 and April 14, 2018. 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. ARAB AMERICAN INSTITUTE v. OFFICE OF MANAGEMENT AND BUDGET (filed Apr 13, 2018)
    The Arab American Institute submitted a FOIA request to OMB for records concerning the Interagency Working Group for Research on Race and Ethnicity that discuss a separate classification for Middle East or African ethnicity for purposes of the 2020 Census. The Arab American Institute also requested expedited processing read more…
Apr 19 18

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 April 8, 2018 and April 14, 2018. 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 1:2018cv00450ARRICK v. UNITED STATES OF AMERICA
    • April 12, 2018: MEMORANDUM OPINION. Signed by Judge Emmet G. Sullivan on 04/11/2018. (zsb)
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Apr 12 18

The New York Times Company et al v. Central Intelligence Agency and 17 other new FOIA lawsuits

by Harry Hammitt

We have added 120 documents from 18 FOIA cases filed between April 1, 2018 and April 7, 2018. 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. The New York Times Company et al v. Central Intelligence Agency (filed Apr 5, 2018)
    New York Times Reporter Scott Shane submitted a FOIA request to the CIA for records concerning the 1953 death of Frank Olson, who had worked for the U.S. Army and the CIA at Fort Dettrick. Shane had made a FOIA request for records on Olson in 2003 and received a total of 83 records with no indication that anything had not been disclosed read more…
Apr 12 18

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 April 1, 2018 and April 7, 2018. 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. CAE 2:2018cv00431(PS) Clavito v. U.S. Department of Veterans' Affairs
    • April 3, 2018: ORDER signed by Magistrate Judge Kendall J. Newman on 4/3/2018 DENYING [2] Plaintiff's Motion to Proceed IFP; Within 28 days of this order, plaintiff shall pay the applicable filing fee; However, the court will entertain a request for a reasonable extension of time to pay the fee should such an extension be necessary; failure to timely pay the filing fee, or timely request an extension of time to do so, may result in dismissal of the action pursuant to FRCP 41(b). (Reader, L)
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Apr 12 18

Poulsen v. Office of the Director of National Intelligence and 7 other new FOIA lawsuits

by Harry Hammitt

We have added 41 documents from 8 FOIA cases filed between March 25, 2018 and March 31, 2018. 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. Poulsen v. Office of the Director of National Intelligence (filed Mar 26, 2018)
    Journalist Kevin Poulsen submitted a FOIA request to the Office of the Director of National Intelligence for five semi-annual reports prepared by the Inspector General of the Intelligence Community. Poulsen also requested a fee waiver. The agency did not acknowledge receipt of Poulsen’s email requests and he sent the request through the U read more…
Apr 12 18

FOIA Activity: 24 New Procedural or Substantive Decisions

by FOIA Project Staff

We have added 24 decisions of a procedural or substantive nature filed between March 25, 2018 and March 31, 2018. These are associated with 24 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. ALN 1:2018cv00198Community Foundation of Northeast Alabama v. Anniston HMA LLC et al
    • March 29, 2018: MEMORANDUM OPINION. Signed by Magistrate Judge Staci G Cornelius on 3/29/18. (MRR, )
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Mar 29 18

DEMOCRACY FORWARD FOUNDATION v. DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE and 17 other new FOIA lawsuits

by Harry Hammitt

We have added 134 documents from 18 FOIA cases filed between March 18, 2018 and March 24, 2018. 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. DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE (filed Mar 20, 2018)
    Democracy Forward Foundation submitted a FOIA request to the Department of Justice for records concerning its interpretation of the Federal Vacancies Reform Act of 1998 in light of the Supreme Court’s decision in National Labor Relations Board v. SW General (2017). The agency acknowledged receipt of the request and referred it to the Office of Legal Counsel, which told DFF that it would be unable to respond within the statutory time limit read more…