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Aug 10 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 July 29, 2018 and August 4, 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.

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  1. DC 1:2017cv00940LANTZ v. U.S. DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE et al

    • July 31, 2018: MEMORANDUM OPINION re [19] Order. Signed by Judge Christopher R. Cooper on 7/31/2018. (lccrc1)
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Aug 10 18

FOIA Activity: 108 new FOIA court documents

by Harry Hammitt

We have added 106 documents from 17 FOIA cases filed between July 22, 2018 and July 28, 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. LORANCE v. DEPARTMENT OF THE ARMY (filed Jul 22, 2018)
    Clint Lorance submitted a FOIA request to the Department of the Army for records concerning an investigation of four Afghani men. The agency acknowledged receipt of the records. It later told Lorance that its Office of Provost Marshal General had found no records. Lorance filed an administrative appeal of that decision read more…
Aug 10 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 July 22, 2018 and July 28, 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.

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  1. DC 1:2016cv01115BUTLER v. UNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF LABOR et al

    • July 26, 2018: MEMORANDUM OPINION re [26] Order. Signed by Judge Christopher R. Cooper on 7/26/2018. (lccrc3)
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Aug 2 18

Media Lawsuits Seeking Government Records Jump Under Trump

by FOIA Project Staff

The annual number of lawsuits filed by news organizations and reporters to obtain federal government records was up sharply during the first year and a half of the Trump Administration. On an annual basis, news media Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) filings rose above 100 for the first time. See Figure 1. This is a dramatic increase compared with levels during the presidency of George W. Bush and the first term of President Obama when the annual number of media FOIA suits usually fluctuated year-by-year between 10 and 20 filings[1].

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Figure 1. Growth in FOIA Lawsuits Filed by Reporters and News Organizations through June 2018

While FOIA suits brought by nonprofit organizations and others has also grown during this same period, news media lawsuits seeking federal government records have grown the fastest, and during the first year and a half of the Trump Administration now account for 10.7 percent of all FOIA filings. This compares with only a 3.1 percent share filed by the news media during the first term of President George W. Bush. read more…

Aug 1 18

CENTER FOR IMMIGRATION STUDIES v. U.S. CITIZENSHIP AND IMMIGRATION SERVICES and 9 other new FOIA lawsuits

by Harry Hammitt

We have added 57 documents from 8 FOIA cases filed between July 15, 2018 and July 21, 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. CENTER FOR IMMIGRATION STUDIES v. U.S. CITIZENSHIP AND IMMIGRATION SERVICES (filed Jul 16, 2018)
    The Center for Immigration Services submitted a FOIA request to U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services for an Excel spreadsheet providing data contained on Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals applications. The agency acknowledged receipt of the request, but after hearing nothing further from the agency, the Center for Immigration Studies filed suit read more…
Aug 1 18

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 15, 2018 and July 21, 2018. 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 4:2017cv05273Sierra Club v. U.S. Department of Homeland Security et al

    • July 16, 2018: STIPULATION AND ORDER re [31] STIPULATION WITH PROPOSED ORDER re [28] Stipulation and Order. Set Deadlines/Hearings, Terminate Hearings. filed by U.S. Department of Homeland Security, U.S. Customs and Border Protection, Sierr a Club. Case Management Statement due by 8/14/2018. Further Case Management Conference set for 8/21/2018 01:30 PM in Oakland, Courtroom 4, 3rd Floor. Signed by Magistrate Judge Kandis A. Westmore on 7/16/18. (sisS, COURT STAFF) (Filed on 7/16/2018)
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Jul 20 18

PROTECT DEMOCRACY PROJECT, INC. v. U.S. CENSUS BUREAU et al and 8 other new FOIA lawsuits

by Harry Hammitt

We have added 85 documents from 9 FOIA cases filed between July 8, 2018 and July 14, 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. PROTECT DEMOCRACY PROJECT, INC. v. U.S. CENSUS BUREAU et al (filed Jul 10, 2018)
    Protect Democracy Project submitted FOIA requests to the Department of Commerce, the U.S. Bureau of the Census, the Department of Homeland Security, the Department of Justice, and OMB for records concerning the inclusion of a citizenship question on the 2020 Census form. PDP also requested a fee waiver read more…
Jul 20 18

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 July 8, 2018 and July 14, 2018. 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 3:2017cv06557The Center for Investigative Reporting (CIR) v. United States Department of Justice

    • July 10, 2018: ORDER by Magistrate Judge Jacqueline Scott Corley granting in part and denying in part [26] Motion for Summary Judgment; denying [27] Motion for Summary Judgment. Joint Case Management Statement due by 7/26/2018. Further Case Management Conference set for 8/2/2018 at 1:30 PM in San Francisco, Courtroom F, 15th Floor. (ahmS, COURT STAFF) (Filed on 7/10/2018)
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Jul 12 18

McMichael v. U.S. Department of Justice and 17 other new FOIA lawsuits

by Harry Hammitt

We have added 62 documents from 12 FOIA cases filed between July 1, 2018 and July 7, 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. McMichael v. U.S. Department of Justice (filed Jul 3, 2018)
    William McMichael, a researcher and journalist, submitted a FOIA request to the FBI for records concerning its investigation of the theft and laundering of the Hesse crown jewels. The agency acknowledged receipt of the request and told McMichael that it had located 7,250 potentially responsive records and that it would take several months to process his request read more…
Jul 12 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 July 1, 2018 and July 7, 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.

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  1. CAN 3:2010cv03759The American Civil Liberties Union of North California et al v. Federal Bureau of Investigation

    • July 5, 2018: STIPULATION AND ORDER RE [175] to Modify Briefing Schedule. Signed by Judge Richard Seeborg on 7/5/18. (cl, COURT STAFF) (Filed on 7/5/2018)
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