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Feb 8 18

AMERICAN OVERSIGHT v. U.S. DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE and 24 other new FOIA lawsuits

by Harry Hammitt

We have added 176 documents from 23 FOIA cases filed between January 28, 2018 and February 3, 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. AMERICAN OVERSIGHT v. U.S. DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE (filed Jan 31, 2018)
    American Oversight submitted four FOIA requests to the Department of Justice for records concerning the agency’s decision to share text messages between FBI agent Peter Strzok and FBI attorney Lisa Page with the media and records concerning the investigation of the incident by the Office of Inspector General read more…
Feb 8 18

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 January 28, 2018 and February 3, 2018. 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.

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  1. CT 3:2016cv00647The Few, The Proud, The Forgotten et al v. United States Department of Veterans Affairs
    • February 1, 2018: ORDER. Having conducted a hearing regarding outstanding discovery on January 31, 2018, and upon further consideration, the Court orders the following: (1) Plaintiffs will submit additional search terms to the Defendant by February 7, 2018; (2) separa tely, the parties will file a status report with the Court on February 14, 2018; and (3) the parties and representatives from the Department of Veterans Affairs would return to Court for a follow-up hearing on Monday, February 26, 2018 at 10:00 a.m. in Courtroom 2 of the Brien McMahon Federal Building, 915 Lafayette Blvd., Bridgeport, CT. Signed by Judge Victor A. Bolden on 2/1/2018. (Riegel, J.)
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Feb 2 18

PROPERTY OF THE PEOPLE, INC. et al v. DEPARTMENT OF THE NAVY et al and 24 other new FOIA lawsuits

by Harry Hammitt

We have added 159 documents from 25 FOIA cases filed between January 21, 2018 and January 27, 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. PROPERTY OF THE PEOPLE, INC. et al v. DEPARTMENT OF THE NAVY et al (filed Jan 23, 2018)
    Property of the People and researcher Ryan Shapiro submitted a FOIA request to the Department of the Navy for records concerning releases of prescription drugs to the Medical Office of the White House from the Navy since January 2017. The agency acknowledged receipt of the request, but immediately closed it because the agency claimed they were not agency records read more…
Feb 2 18

FOIA Activity: 4 New Procedural or Substantive Decisions

by FOIA Project Staff

We have added 4 decisions of a procedural or substantive nature filed between January 21, 2018 and January 27, 2018. These are associated with 4 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 3:2014cv02166American Small Business League v. Department of Defense
    • January 23, 2018: ORDER RE [127] MOTION FOR SUMMARY JUDGMENT by Judge William Alsup. (whalc2, COURT STAFF) (Filed on 1/23/2018)
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Jan 26 18

CITIZENS FOR RESPONSIBILITY AND ETHICS IN WASHINGTON, et al. v. U.S. DEPARTMENT OF HOUSING AND URBAN DEVELOPMENT

by Harry Hammitt

We have added 48 documents from 9 FOIA cases filed between January 14, 2018 and January 20, 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. CITIZENS FOR RESPONSIBILITY AND ETHICS IN WASHINGTON, et al. v. U.S. DEPARTMENT OF HOUSING AND URBAN DEVELOPMENT (filed Jan 18, 2018)
    Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington submitted a FOIA request to the Department of Housing and Urban Development for records concerning the involvement of Secretary Ben Carson’s family in the department. CREW asked for a fee waiver and inclusion in the news media fee category. The agency denied CREW’s request for a fee waiver read more…
Jan 26 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 January 14, 2018 and January 20, 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. CAN 3:2016cv06066American Civil Liberties Union Foundation Immigrants' Rights Project et al v. U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement
    • January 19, 2018: ORDER by Magistrate Judge Jacqueline Scott Corley granting in part and denying in part [68] Motion for Attorney Fees. (ahm, COURT STAFF) (Filed on 1/19/2018)
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Jan 18 18

ENVIRONMENTAL INTEGRITY PROJECT v. GENERAL SERVICES ADMINISTRATION and 14 other new FOIA lawsuits

by Harry Hammitt

We have added 76 documents from 13 FOIA cases filed between January 7, 2018 and January 13, 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 v. GENERAL SERVICES ADMINISTRATION (filed Jan 8, 2018)
    The Environmental Integrity Project submitted a FOIA request to the General Services Administration for records concerning credit card charges submitted for travel by EPA and Department of Interior from April 2017 through September 2017. The agency denied the request, telling EIP that it was not allowed to disclose credit card charge information pertaining to other agencies read more…
Jan 18 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 January 7, 2018 and January 13, 2018. 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 3:2013cv02295Raimondo et al v. Federal Bureau of Investigation
    • January 12, 2018: ORDER by Magistrate Judge Jacqueline Scott Corley granting [114] Defendant's Second Motion for Summary Judgment and denying [117] Plaintiffs' Second Cross-motion for Summary Judgment. (ahm, COURT STAFF) (Filed on 1/12/2018)
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Jan 16 18

FOIA Lawsuits Surge in Trump Administration’s First Year

by FOIA Project Staff

Since the new administration took office at the end of January 2017, there has been a sharp jump in the number of lawsuits filed by individuals and organizations seeking court orders to obtain federal government records.[1] Suits brought by the news media and nonprofit advocacy organizations have fueled a significant part of this rise. Under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), requesters can file suit when information they are seeking is withheld and they have exhausted administrative appeals, or when the agency fails to even respond in a timely manner.

Lawsuits this past fiscal year rose an astonishing 26 percent, and are continuing to climb. FOIA court cases are now up over 70 percent from just five years ago. See Figure 1.

requests_changeFigure 1. FOIA Lawsuits Jump 26% in FY 2017

Court backlogs of pending FOIA litigation have climbed even faster, with hundreds of cases waiting resolution. Indeed, the backlog is already approaching 900 cases and unless steps are taken may top a thousand in the near future. read more…

Jan 11 18

FOIA Activity: 32 new FOIA court documents

by Harry Hammitt

We have added 29 documents from 5 FOIA cases filed between December 31, 2017 and January 6, 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. The Center for Investigative Reporting (CIR) v. Department of Homeland Security (filed Jan 3, 2018)
    The Center for Investigative Reporting submitted a FOIA request to U.S. Customs and Border Protection for records concerning land acquisition at the U.S. border and related real estate costs. CIR also requested expedited processing and a fee waiver. The agency asked CIR to clarify the time frame of its request read more…