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Aug 14 21

TAHIR v. UNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE et al and 10 other new FOIA lawsuits, plus case descriptions

by Harry Hammitt

We have added 63 documents from 11 FOIA cases filed between August 1, 2021 and August 7, 2021. 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. TAHIR v. UNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE et al (filed Aug 5, 2021)
    Raymond Tahir, a former FBI employee, submitted a FOIA request to the Department of Justice for records concerning annual performance appraisals he received when working at the FBI. The agency acknowledged receipt of the request and told Tahir that it was processing his request. However, after hearing nothing further from the agency, Tahir filed suit read more…
Aug 14 21

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 August 1, 2021 and August 7, 2021. 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. CAN 3:2020cv08718Center for Food Safety v. Department of the Interior

    • August 3, 2021: ORDER (AS MODIFIED) granting [22] Stipulation to extend the time for the Defendant to file an answer to Complaint to 9/3/2021 and to continue the Initial Case Management Conference. Joint Case Management Conference Statement is due by 10/13/2021. Initial Case Management Conference continued to 10/20/2021 01:30 PM in Oakland, – Videoconference Only. This proceeding will be held via a Zoom webinar. Webinar Access: All counsel, members of the public, and media may access the webinar information at https://www.cand.uscourts.gov/dmr General Order 58. Persons granted access to court proceedings held by telephone or videoconference are reminded that photographing, recording, and rebroadcasting of court proceedings, including screenshots or other visual copying of a hearing, is absolutely prohibited. Zoom Guidance and Setup: https://www.cand.uscourts.gov/zoom/. Motions terminated: [22] Stipulation with proposed Order. Signed by Judge Magistrate Judge Donna M. Ryu on 8/3/2021. (ig, COURT STAFF) (Filed on 8/3/2021)
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Aug 10 21

ELECTRONIC FRONTIER FOUNDATION v. UNITED STATES POSTAL SERVICE and 14 other new FOIA lawsuits

by Harry Hammitt

We have added 81 documents from 15 FOIA cases filed between July 25, 2021 and July 31, 2021. 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 FRONTIER FOUNDATION v. UNITED STATES POSTAL SERVICE (filed Jul 27, 2021)
    The Electronic Frontier Foundation submitted a FOIA request to U.S. Postal Service for records concerning the creation or operation of iCop and/or related social media monitoring or social media surveillance programs. EFF also requested a fee waiver. The agency acknowledged receipt of the request and granted EFF news media fee status read more…
Aug 10 21

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 July 25, 2021 and July 31, 2021. 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. CAN 4:2018cv05772National Public Radio, Inc. et al v. United States Department of Veterans Affairs

    • July 28, 2021: ORDER DISMISSING CASE. Signed by Magistrate Judge Donna M. Ryu on 7/28/2021. ***Civil Case Terminated. (dmrlc1S, COURT STAFF) (Filed on 7/28/2021)
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Aug 4 21

CITIZENS UNITED v. UNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF STATE and 20 other new FOIA lawsuits, plus case descriptions

by Harry Hammitt

We have added 146 documents from 19 FOIA cases filed between July 18, 2021 and July 24, 2021. 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 UNITED v. UNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF STATE (filed Jul 20, 2021)
    Citizens United submitted a FOIA request to the Department of State for records concerning emails, letters or memos from a variety of officials concerning WestExec Ventures. Citizens United also requested expedited processing. The agency acknowledged receipt of the request. After hearing nothing further from the agency, Citizens United filed suit read more…
Aug 4 21

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 July 18, 2021 and July 24, 2021. 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. DC 1:2017cv01193PROPERTY OF THE PEOPLE, INC. et al v. DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE

    • July 20, 2021: MEMORANDUM OPINION re [67] Order on Motion for Summary Judgment. Signed by Judge James E. Boasberg on 7/20/2021. (lcjeb3)
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Jul 22 21

JAMES MADISON PROJECT et al v. U.S. POSTAL SERVICE et al and 16 other new FOIA lawsuits, plus case descriptions

by Harry Hammitt

We have added 121 documents from 15 FOIA cases filed between July 11, 2021 and July 17, 2021. 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. U.S. POSTAL SERVICE et al (filed Jul 14, 2021)
    The James Madison Project and Yahoo reporter Jana Winter submitted FOIA requests to U.S. Postal Service, Department of Homeland Security, Office of the Director of National Intelligence, and the Department of Justice for records concerning the government’s decision-making process for creation and later implementation of the Internet Covert Operations Program read more…
Jul 22 21

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 July 11, 2021 and July 17, 2021. 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. DC 1:2017cv01701REPORTERS COMMITTEE FOR FREEDOM OF THE PRESS v. FEDERAL BUREAU OF INVESTIGATION et al

    • July 12, 2021: MEMORANDUM OPINION granting in part and denying in part [47] Defendants' Motion for Partial Summary Judgment; denying [49] Plaintiff's Motion for Partial Summary Judgment; and denying [50] Plaintiff's Motion for In Camera Review. See document for details. Signed by Judge Rudolph Contreras on 7/12/2021. (lcrc1)
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Jul 15 21

June 2021 FOIA Litigation with Five-Year Monthly Trends

by FOIA Project Staff

During the month of June 2021 federal district courts saw a total of 55 new Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuits filed under 5 U.S.C. 552. To place this number in perspective, 55 new filings compares with a monthly average of 59 filings during the last 12 months. This month’s total brought overall FOIA filings on an annual basis for these last 12 months to 703.

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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Jul 15 21

Black Veterans Project et al v. United States Department of Veterans Affairs and 6 other new FOIA lawsuits

by Harry Hammitt

We have added 41 documents from 7 FOIA cases filed between July 4, 2021 and July 10, 2021. 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. Black Veterans Project et al v. United States Department of Veterans Affairs (filed Jul 8, 2021)
    The Black Veterans Project and the National Veterans Council for Legal Redress submitted FOIA requests to the Department of Veterans Affairs for records concerning disability claims and race. The agency acknowledged receipt of the requests. The agency responded in part to the requests but after finding the agency’s response was insufficient, the Black Veterans Project filed suit read more…
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