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Mar 16 17

CITIZENS FOR RESPONSIBILITY AND ETHICS IN WASHINGTON v. UNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE

by Harry Hammitt

We have added 100 documents from 17 FOIA cases filed between March 5, 2017 and March 11, 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. CITIZENS FOR RESPONSIBILITY AND ETHICS IN WASHINGTON v. UNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE (filed Mar 10, 2017)
    Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington sent a letter to the Acting Attorney General at the Justice Department requesting that the department make publicly available Office of Legal Counsel opinions and an index of those opinions under Section (a)(2) of FOIA. After hearing nothing further from the agency, CREW filed suit read more…
Mar 16 17

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 March 5, 2017 and March 11, 2017. 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 1:2013cv00555SHAPIRO et al v. DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE
    • March 6, 2017: MEMORANDUM OPINION AND ORDER: The FBI's motion for leave to file Hardy's eighth declaration ex parte and in camera [75] is hereby GRANTED; Plaintiffs' motion to strike the eighth Hardy declaration and to make public portions of the thi rd and sixth Hardy declarations [81] is hereby DENIED. The FBI's motion for summary judgment [57] is hereby GRANTED as to the application of Exemption 7(E) to the search processing records relating to the forty-two parent FOIA requests for whic h Shapiro received No Records responses; as to the application of FOIA Exemption 1; and as to the application of Exemption 5 to the McGehee litigation documents, and to the Zubaydah documents to the extent that they reflect deliberations about the FB I's litigation strategy and defense; and the motion is otherwise DENIED. Plaintiffs' cross-motion for summary judgment [68] is hereby GRANTED as to the application of Exemption 7(A) to records relating to the murder of Dr. Hyram Kitchen, and the motion is otherwise DENIED. See attached document for details. Signed by Judge Randolph D. Moss on 3/6/2017. (lcrdm2, )
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Mar 9 17

JAMES MADISON PROJECT et al v. DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE et al and 9 other new FOIA lawsuits

by Harry Hammitt

We have added 61 documents from 9 FOIA cases filed between February 26, 2017 and March 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. JAMES MADISON PROJECT et al v. DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE et al (filed Mar 3, 2017)
    The James Madison Project and Daily Beast Reporter Noah Shachtman submitted a FOIA request to the Office of Legal Counsel at the Department of Justice for any records concerning discussions between OLC and the Trump White House pertaining to the legality of President Trump’s Jan. 27 travel ban. JMP and Shachtman also submitted FOIA requests to the Department of Homeland Security and four of its components concerning implementation of the travel ban read more…
Mar 9 17

FOIA Activity: 9 New Procedural or Substantive Decisions

by FOIA Project Staff

We have added 9 decisions of a procedural or substantive nature filed between February 26, 2017 and March 4, 2017. 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.

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  1. CAN 3:2014cv01130Our Children's Earth Foundation et al v. National Marine Fisheries Service et al
    • March 1, 2017: ORDER GRANTING IN PART AND DENYING IN PART [82] MOTION FOR ATTORNEY'S FEES by Hon. William H. Orrick. Within twenty days of the date of this Order, plaintiffs shall, after meeting and conferring with defense counsel, submit a joint supplemental brief and proposed judgment containing a revised request for attorney's fees. (jmdS, COURT STAFF) (Filed on 3/1/2017)
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Mar 2 17

Animal Legal Defense Fund et al v. United States Department of Agriculture et al and 10 other new FOIA lawsuits

by Harry Hammitt

We have added 54 documents from 10 FOIA cases filed between February 19, 2017 and February 25, 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. Animal Legal Defense Fund et al v. United States Department of Agriculture et al (filed Feb 23, 2017)
    The Animal Legal Defense Fund and several other animal rights groups filed suit against the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service for its removal of information about Animal Welfare Act implementation and enforcement from the agency’s website, claiming the removal violated the affirmative disclosure provisions in Section (a)(2) of FOIA read more…
Mar 2 17

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 February 19, 2017 and February 25, 2017. 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. AZ 2:2016cv04257Kehmeier v. United States Department of Justice Tax Division
    • February 21, 2017: ORDER granting Defendant's [9] Motion to Dismiss for Lack of Jurisdiction. See document for details. Signed by Magistrate Judge David K Duncan on 02/17/2017. (ATD)
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Feb 23 17

PEOPLE FOR THE ETHICAL TREATMENT OF ANIMALS, INC. et al v. UNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE et al

by Harry Hammitt

We have added 66 documents from 13 FOIA cases filed between February 12, 2017 and February 18, 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. PEOPLE FOR THE ETHICAL TREATMENT OF ANIMALS, INC. et al v. UNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE et al (filed Feb 13, 2017)
    People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals and several other organizations filed suit challenging a decision by the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service at the Department of Agriculture to remove records concerning its oversight of the Animal Welfare Act from its website and require FOIA requests to obtain access to such records read more…
Feb 23 17

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 February 12, 2017 and February 18, 2017. 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. CAN 3:2006cv00185Pickard v. Department of Justice
    • February 13, 2017: ORDER by Judge Charles R. Breyer denying [271] Administrative Motion to Set a Further Case Management Conference. (crblc1, COURT STAFF) (Filed on 2/13/2017)
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Feb 16 17

Wessler v. United States Department of Justice et al and 4 other new FOIA lawsuits

by Harry Hammitt

We have added 19 documents from 5 FOIA cases filed between February 5, 2017 and February 11, 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. Wessler v. United States Department of Justice et al (filed Feb 10, 2017)
    Seth Wessler, an investigative journalist, submitted a FOIA request to the U.S. Marshals Service for records concerning the number of prisoners being detained by the agency. Wessler also requested a fee waiver and expedited processing. The agency acknowledged receipt of the request. After hearing nothing from the agency, Wessler told the agency that he would file suit if it did not respond to his request read more…
Feb 16 17

FOIA Activity: 7 New Procedural or Substantive Decisions

by FOIA Project Staff

We have added 7 decisions of a procedural or substantive nature filed between February 5, 2017 and February 11, 2017. 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. CAE 2:2016cv02907(PS) Glass v. US Department of Justice et al
    • February 10, 2017: ORDER signed by Magistrate Judge Carolyn K. Delaney on 2/10/2017 ORDERING [4] that no later than 3/10/2017 plaintiff shall file an amended complaint that complies with the 1/6/2017 order; Failure to timely file an amended complaint will result in a recommendation that the action be dismissed. (Reader, L)
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