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Oct 31 19

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 20, 2019 and October 26, 2019. 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 24 19

CENTER FOR REPRODUCTIVE RIGHTS v. U.S. DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES and 26 other new FOIA lawsuits

by Harry Hammitt

We have added 219 documents from 25 FOIA cases filed between October 13, 2019 and October 19, 2019. 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. CENTER FOR REPRODUCTIVE RIGHTS v. U.S. DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES (filed Oct 15, 2019)
    The Center for Reproductive Rights submitted two FOIA requests to the Department of Health and Human Services. The first request asked for records concerning the budget for the Conscience and Religious Freedom Division, part of the Office of Civil Rights. The second FOIA request asked for records concerning plans to expend settlement funds received as a result of HIPAA violation enforcement read more…
Oct 24 19

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 October 13, 2019 and October 19, 2019. 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 2:2019cv00415KXTV, LLC v. United States Citizenship and Immigration Services

    • October 17, 2019: STIPULATION and ORDER signed by District Judge John A. Mendez on 10/16/19 EXTENDING the briefing schedule. Defendant USCIS advises whether it will produce the Intervenor's additional waived documents or the basis for withholding by 10/24/19. Pl aintiff advises whether the August production and any further production based on Intervenors waiver resolves this action by 11/20/19. Defendant USCIS' Motion for Summary Judgment new date 12/18/2019. Plaintiff's Opposition to Summary Judgment new date 1/17/2020. Defendant USCIS' Reply In Support of Its Motion for Summary Judgment new date 1/31/2020. Plaintiff's sur-reply new date 2/10/20. Hearing 2/25/20 at 1:30 p.m.(Mena-Sanchez, L)
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Oct 17 19

SNYDER v. U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE and 17 other new FOIA lawsuits, plus case descriptions

by Harry Hammitt

We have added 98 documents from 17 FOIA cases filed between October 6, 2019 and October 12, 2019. 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. SNYDER v. U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE (filed Oct 11, 2019)
    Brad Snyder, a legal historian writing a biography of Supreme Court Justice Felix Frankfurter, submitted a FOIA request to the Department of State for records concerning David Niles and Max Lowenthal, proteges of Frankfurter. The agency acknowledged receipt of the request but after hearing nothing further from the agency, Snyder filed suit read more…
Oct 17 19

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 October 6, 2019 and October 12, 2019. 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 2:2017cv03747Jason Leopold et al v. Department of Justice Office of the Attorney General et al

    • October 11, 2019: JUDGMENT by Judge Consuelo B. Marshall: Consistent with the Court's order regarding the cross-motions for summary judgment, judgment is entered in favor of Plaintiffs regarding: (1) the scope of the FBI's search; (2) the invocation of Exemp tion 5 for DOJ OIP's documents at Bates Nos. 20180517-0000818-820, 20180402-0000085, 20180517-0000008, 20180517-0000074, and 20180517-0000740; FBI documents at Bates Nos. 914 and 919; and DHS documents at Bates Nos. 1 & 8.Judgment is entered in favor of Defendants on all other issues. (MD JS-6, Case Terminated). (shb)
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Oct 17 19

September 2019 FOIA Litigation with Five-Year Monthly Trends

by FOIA Project Staff

During the month of September 2019 federal district courts saw a total of 75 new Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuits filed under 5 U.S.C. 552. To place this number in perspective, 75 new filings compares with a monthly average of 70 filings during the last 12 months. This month’s total brought overall FOIA filings on an annual basis for these last 12 months to 845.

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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Oct 10 19

AMERICAN OVERSIGHT v. U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE and 29 other new FOIA lawsuits, plus case descriptions

by Harry Hammitt

We have added 193 documents from 27 FOIA cases filed between September 29, 2019 and October 5, 2019. 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. AMERICAN OVERSIGHT v. U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE (filed Oct 1, 2019)
    American Oversight submitted two FOIA requests to the Department of State for records. The first FOIA request asked for communications between agency officials and Rudy Giuliani. The second FOIA request asked for communications between agency officials and former U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine Maria Yovanovitch read more…
Oct 10 19

FOIA Activity: 15 New Procedural or Substantive Decisions

by FOIA Project Staff

We have added 15 decisions of a procedural or substantive nature filed between September 29, 2019 and October 5, 2019. These are associated with 14 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. AK 3:2019cv00208Gwich'in Steering Committee et al v. U.S. Department of the Interior et al

    • September 30, 2019: ORDER granting [14] Motion to Transfer. Signed by Judge H. Russel Holland on 9/30/19. (JLH, COURT STAFF)
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Oct 3 19

BIRD v. UNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF STATE and 13 other new FOIA lawsuits, plus case descriptions

by Harry Hammitt

We have added 86 documents from 14 FOIA cases filed between September 22, 2019 and September 28, 2019. 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. BIRD v. UNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF STATE (filed Sep 24, 2019)
    Kai Bird, a historian and journalist, submitted a FOIA request to the Department of State for records concerning a 1980 cable sent by the U.S. Embassy in Madrid pertaining to an unofficial visit by William Casey, who at the time was Ronald Reagan’s campaign manager. The agency acknowledged receipt of the request but after hearing nothing further from the agency, Bird filed suit read more…
Oct 3 19

FOIA Activity: 15 New Procedural or Substantive Decisions

by FOIA Project Staff

We have added 15 decisions of a procedural or substantive nature filed between September 22, 2019 and September 28, 2019. These are associated with 15 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 3:2018cv01979American Small Business League v. Department of Defense

    • September 25, 2019: ORDER ON [127] DEFENDANTS' DISCOVERY LETTER DATED SEPTEMBER 24. Signed by Judge Alsup on 9/25/2019. (whalc2, COURT STAFF) (Filed on 9/25/2019)
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