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Sep 20 18

FOIA Activity: 85 new FOIA court documents

by Harry Hammitt

We have added 75 documents from 12 FOIA cases filed between August 26, 2018 and September 1, 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.

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

  1. SHEPHERD v. CONSUMER FINANCIAL PROTECTION BUREAU (filed Aug 27, 2018)
    Todd Shepherd submitted a FOIA request to the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau for records concerning phone logs for agency employee LeAndra English from November 2017 to March 2018. The agency acknowledged receipt of the request and provided Shepherd six pages with redactions under Exemption 6 (invasion of privacy) read more…
Sep 20 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 August 26, 2018 and September 1, 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.

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. CO 1:2013cv01722Brown et al v. Perez et al

    • August 31, 2018: FINDINGS OF FACT AND CONCLUSIONS OF LAW AND ORDER regarding the Bench Trial held 8/15/2018 and 8/16/2018. Judgment shall enter in favor of Plaintiffs and against Defendants. This case will be administratively closed. Entered by Judge Raymond P. Moore on 8/31/2018. (cpear)
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Aug 31 18

ENVIRONMENTAL INTEGRITY PROJECT et al v. ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY and 17 other new FOIA lawsuits

by Harry Hammitt

We have added 159 documents from 17 FOIA cases filed between August 19, 2018 and August 25, 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. ENVIRONMENTAL INTEGRITY PROJECT et al v. ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY (filed Aug 21, 2018)
    The Environmental Integrity Project and the Chesapeake Climate Action Network submitted FOIA requests to the EPA for records concerning expenditures for former Administrator Scott Pruitt for travel outside Washington, D.C. for August 2017 through March 2018. The agency acknowledged receipt of the requests and provided a link to 612 pages of records previously disclosed to the Washington Post read more…
Aug 31 18

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 August 19, 2018 and August 25, 2018. 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.

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. CAE 2:2018cv00431(PS) Clavito v. U.S. Department of Veterans' Affairs

    • August 21, 2018: ORDER signed by Magistrate Judge Kendall J. Newman on 8/21/2018 STAYING Discovery in this action pending further order of the court. The VA shall file any motion for summary judgment within 60 days of this order. Plaintiff shall file any oppo sition to the motion for summary judgment no later than 14 days prior to the hearing date. The VA shall file its reply brief no later than 7 days prior to the hearing date. Upon resolution of the VA's motion for summary judgment, the court will issue a further scheduling order, if necessary. (York, M)
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Aug 23 18

MARTIN v. U.S. DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE and 20 other new FOIA lawsuits

by Harry Hammitt

We have added 80 documents from 17 FOIA cases filed between August 12, 2018 and August 18, 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. MARTIN v. U.S. DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE (filed Aug 12, 2018)
    Lerone Martin, a professor of religion and politics at Washington University, submitted a FOIA request to the FBI for records concerning Billy Graham. The agency acknowledged receipt of the request, but after hearing nothing further from the agency, Martin filed suit. read more…
Aug 23 18

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 August 12, 2018 and August 18, 2018. 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.

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 3:2017cv01240Frost v. United States Department of Justice

    • August 16, 2018: ORDER by Judge Joseph C. Spero denying [114] Motion for Entry of Judgment. (jcslc1S, COURT STAFF) (Filed on 8/16/2018) (Additional attachment(s) added on 8/16/2018: # 1 Certificate/Proof of Service) (klhS, COURT STAFF).
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Aug 16 18

BRENNAN CENTER FOR JUSTICE AT NEW YORK UNIVERSITY SCHOOL OF LAW et al v. UNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE

by Harry Hammitt

We have added 132 documents from 21 FOIA cases filed between August 5, 2018 and August 11, 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. BRENNAN CENTER FOR JUSTICE AT NEW YORK UNIVERSITY SCHOOL OF LAW et al v. UNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE (filed Aug 8, 2018)
    The Brennan Center for Justice submitted FOIA requests to the Department of Justice for records from the LIONS database involving public charges listed under six categories related to terrorism. The Brennan Center also requested expedited processing and a fee waiver. The agency acknowledged receipt of the request read more…
Aug 16 18

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 August 5, 2018 and August 11, 2018. 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. CAE 2:2018cv01133Estate of Joseph Arleo et al v. Internal Revenue Service

    • August 10, 2018: ORDER signed by District Judge Morrison C. England, Jr on 8/9/2018 ORDERING this action DISMISSED with prejudice; and The parties shall bear their own costs and fees associated with this action. CASE CLOSED (Washington, S)
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Aug 13 18

June 2018 FOIA Litigation with Five-Year Monthly Trends

by FOIA Project Staff

During the month of June 2018 federal district courts saw a total of 65 new Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuits filed under 5 U.S.C. 552. To place this number in perspective, 65 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 839.

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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Aug 10 18

FOIA Activity: 132 new FOIA court documents

by Harry Hammitt

We have added 132 documents from 17 FOIA cases filed between July 29, 2018 and August 4, 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.

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

  1. WESTERN VALUES PROJECT v. UNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR (filed Jul 30, 2018)
    Western Values Project submitted ten FOIA requests to the Department of the Interior for records concerning potential conflicts of interest involving Deputy Secretary of the Interior David Bernhardt. The agency acknowledged receipt of the requests, but after hearing nothing further from the agency, Western Values Project filed suit read more…
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