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Mar 12 20

FOIA Activity: 275 new FOIA court documents, plus case descriptions

by Harry Hammitt

We have added 143 documents from 16 FOIA cases filed between March 1, 2020 and March 7, 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.

Click on a case title below to view details for that case, including links to the associated docket and complaint documents.

  1. PUBLIC EMPLOYEES FOR ENVIRONMENTAL RESPONSIBILITY v. DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR (filed Mar 2, 2020)
    Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility submitted two FOIA requests to the Department of Interior for records concerning a secretarial order on the use of electric bicycles. The agency acknowledged receipt of the requests but after hearing nothing further from the agency, PEER filed suit. read more…
Mar 12 20

FOIA Activity: 28 New Procedural or Substantive Decisions

by FOIA Project Staff

We have added 28 decisions of a procedural or substantive nature filed between March 1, 2020 and March 7, 2020. These are associated with 25 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.

  1. AZ 4:2018cv00454Karam v. United States Department of Health and Human Services

    • March 2, 2020: ORDERED that Magistrate Judge Ferraro's Report and Recommendation [41] is ADOPTED. Plaintiff's Objection to the Report and Recommendation (Doc. 43) is OVERRULED. Defendant's Motion for Summary Judgment [39] is GRANTED. The Clerk of the Court shall enter judgment and close the file in this matter. Signed by Judge Jennifer G Zipps on 03/02/20. (MYE)
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Mar 6 20

KARA-MURZA v. DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE and 22 other new FOIA lawsuits, plus case descriptions

by Harry Hammitt

We have added 127 documents from 20 FOIA cases filed between February 23, 2020 and February 29, 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.

Click on a case title below to view details for that case, including links to the associated docket and complaint documents.

  1. KARA-MURZA v. DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE (filed Feb 25, 2020)
    Vladimir Kara-Murza, a prominent pro-democracy activist in Russia who was poisoned while in Russia in 2015 and 2017, submitted a FOIA request to the FBI for records concerning the results of tests the agency conducted on samples of Kara-Murza’s blood in 2018 to determine what had caused his hospitalization in Russia read more…
Mar 6 20

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 February 23, 2020 and February 29, 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.

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.

  1. CT 3:2017cv02073Protect Our Defenders et al v. Defense et al

    • February 28, 2020: ORDER denying [54] Motion for Reconsideration for reasons set forth in the attached Memorandum of Decision. Defendants are ordered to produce all documents that were the subject of the motion for reconsideration within 96 hours under penalty of sanctions. Signed by Judge Vanessa L. Bryant on 02/28/2020. (Diamond, Matthew)
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Feb 28 20

CAMPAIGN FOR ACCOUNTABILITY v. UNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES and 11 other new FOIA lawsuits

by Harry Hammitt

We have added 69 documents from 11 FOIA cases filed between February 16, 2020 and February 22, 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.

Click on a case title below to view details for that case, including links to the associated docket and complaint documents.

  1. CAMPAIGN FOR ACCOUNTABILITY v. UNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES (filed Feb 20, 2020)
    The Campaign for Accountability submitted four FOIA requests to the Department of Health and Human Services for records concerning Title X teen pregnancy programs and opposition to those programs. The agency acknowledged receipt of the requests but after hearing nothing further from the agency the Campaign for Accountability filed suit read more…
Feb 28 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 February 16, 2020 and February 22, 2020. These are associated with 12 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.

  1. AZ 2:2019cv04665Fair Market Housing Coalition v. United States Department of the Interior

    • February 19, 2020: ORDER – IT IS HEREBY ORDERED adopting the Report and Recommendation of the Magistrate Judge. (Doc. [10] ) IT IS FURTHER ORDERED dismissing without prejudice the Complaint pursuant to Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 41(b). (Doc. [1] ) IT IS FURTHER ORDERED directing the Clerk of Court to terminate this case. (See document for complete details). Signed by Senior Judge Stephen M McNamee on 2/19/20. (SLQ)
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Feb 20 20

Council on American Islamic Relations – Washington v. United States Customs and Border Protection et al

by Harry Hammitt

We have added 117 documents from 17 FOIA cases filed between February 9, 2020 and February 15, 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.

Click on a case title below to view details for that case, including links to the associated docket and complaint documents.

  1. Council on American Islamic Relations – Washington v. United States Customs and Border Protection et al (filed Feb 12, 2020)
    The Council on American-Islamic Relations – Washington submitted a FOIA request to U.S. Customs and Border Protection for records concerning changes in the policies for screening individuals entering the United States in the Washington area. The agency acknowledged receipt of the request but after hearing nothing further from the agency, CAIR – Washington filed suit read more…
Feb 20 20

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 February 9, 2020 and February 15, 2020. 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.

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.

  1. CAN 3:2018cv02372Sierra Club v. United States Environmental Protection Agency

    • February 10, 2020: STIPULATION OF SETTLEMENT AND ORDER DISMISSING CASE WITH PREJUDICE. Signed by Chief Magistrate Judge Joseph C. Spero on 2/10/2020. (klhS, COURT STAFF) (Filed on 2/10/2020)
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Feb 19 20

January 2020 FOIA Litigation with Five-Year Monthly Trends

by FOIA Project Staff

During the month of January 2020 federal district courts saw a total of 63 new Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuits filed under 5 U.S.C. 552. To place this number in perspective, 63 new filings compares with a monthly average of 73 filings during the last 12 months. This month’s total brought overall FOIA filings on an annual basis for these last 12 months to 877.

The figure below provides a more detailed view of monthly trends during the past five years. The height of each bar reflects the number of filings in that month. To see the actual filing count mouse over any bar. The superimposed line over the bars is the moving 12-month average. It is computed by adding up the 12 months ending at a given month, and then dividing that total by 12 to obtain the monthly average over this period. Mousing over any bar also shows the calculated result for this moving average for that given month.
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Feb 13 20

Natural Resources Defense Council, Inc. v. United States Environmental Protection Agency, plus case descriptions

by Harry Hammitt

We have added 89 documents from 12 FOIA cases filed between February 2, 2020 and February 8, 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.

Click on a case title below to view details for that case, including links to the associated docket and complaint documents.

  1. Natural Resources Defense Council, Inc. v. United States Environmental Protection Agency (filed Feb 3, 2020)
    The Natural Resources Defense Council submitted a FOIA request to the EPA for records concerning the content of speeches given by former EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt to groups outside the federal government, including the prepared text of speeches as well as notes taken during his remarks. NRDC also requested a fee waiver read more…
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