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Jul 27 22

Defenders of Wildlife et al v. United States Forest Service and 21 other new FOIA lawsuits, plus case descriptions

by Harry Hammitt

We have added 119 documents from 20 FOIA cases filed between June 5, 2022 and June 11, 2022. 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. Defenders of Wildlife et al v. United States Forest Service (filed Jun 8, 2022)
    Defenders of Wildlife and the Southern Environmental Law Center submitted FOIA requests to U.S. Forest Service for records related to the agency’s use of three categorical exclusions finalized in November 2020 and now codified in the Code of Federal Regulations. The agency acknowledged receipt of the request and told DOW that it interpreted the request as referring to records available on the agency’s website read more…
Jul 27 22

PROJECT FOR PRIVACY AND SURVEILLANCE ACCOUNTABILITY, INC. v. NATIONAL SECURITY AGENCY et al, plus case descriptions

by Harry Hammitt

We have added 122 documents from 14 FOIA cases filed between June 19, 2022 and June 25, 2022. 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. PROJECT FOR PRIVACY AND SURVEILLANCE ACCOUNTABILITY, INC. v. NATIONAL SECURITY AGENCY et al (filed Jun 24, 2022)
    The Project for Privacy and Surveillance Accountability submitted FOIA requests to the National Security Agency, the CIA, the Department of Justice, and the Office of the Director of National Intelligence for records concerning members and former members of the House and Senate Judiciary Committees. The agencies acknowledged receipt of the request read more…
Jul 27 22

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 June 19, 2022 and June 25, 2022. These are associated with 5 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 4:2021cv02632American Civil Liberties Union of Northern California et al v. U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement et al

    • June 23, 2022: ORDER (AS MODIFIED) granting [50] Stipulation to Continue Further Case Management Conference: Parties shall file a joint updated Case Management Conference Statement by 8/10/2022. Further Case Management Conference is continued to 8/17/2022 01:30 PM in Oakland, – Videoconference Only. Parties can find Judge Ryu's virtual Zoom courtroom at: https://cand.uscourts.gov/judges/ryu-donna-m-dmr/. Signed by Magistrate Judge Donna M. Ryu on 6/23/2022. (ig, COURT STAFF) (Filed on 6/23/2022)
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Jul 27 22

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 June 12, 2022 and June 18, 2022. 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. CAC 2:2021cv05087First Look Institute, Inc. et al v. U. S. Marine Corps

    • June 13, 2022: JUDGMENT by Judge Mark C. Scarsi: Judgment is entered in favor of Defendant U.S. Marine Corps and against Plaintiffs First Look Institute, Inc. and Sam Biddle on all claims in Plaintiffs' Complaint. The Court dismisses all claims with prejudice. Plaintiffs shall take nothing from this action, and Defendant is entitled to its costs of suit.Related to: Order on Motion for Summary Judgment, [41] (MD JS-6, Case Terminated). (lc)
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Jul 27 22

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 June 5, 2022 and June 11, 2022. 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 2:2022cv00655Henry Koltys v. Chad F. Wolf et al.

    • June 7, 2022: ENTRY OF JUDGMENT by Judge Stephen V. Wilson. WHEREFORE, in an accompanying order, the Court GRANTED summary judgment in favor of Defendant, the Social Security Administration, and DENIED summary judgment in favor of Plaintiff Henry Koltys, the Court hereby ENTERS judgment in favor of Defendant. (MD JS-6, Case Terminated). (aco)
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Jul 14 22

June 2022 FOIA Litigation with Five-Year Monthly Trends

by FOIA Project Staff

During the month of June 2022 federal district courts saw a total of 70 new Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuits filed under 5 U.S.C. 552. To place this number in perspective, 70 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 711.

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 12 22

CHINESE AMERICAN LEGAL DEFENSE ALLIANCE v. UNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY and 11 other new FOIA lawsuits

by Harry Hammitt

We have added 93 documents from 10 FOIA cases filed between May 29, 2022 and June 4, 2022. 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. CHINESE AMERICAN LEGAL DEFENSE ALLIANCE v. UNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY (filed May 30, 2022)
    The Chinese American Legal Defense Alliance submitted a FOIA request to the Department of Energy for records concerning the Chinese Initiative. The agency acknowledged receipt of the request. CALDA narrowed its request to emails to and from DOE from the Department of Justice and the FBI. After hearing nothing further from the agency, CALDA filed suit read more…
Jul 12 22

YAHOO INC. et al v. CENTRAL INTELLIGENCE AGENCY and 13 other new FOIA lawsuits, plus case descriptions

by Harry Hammitt

We have added 76 documents from 13 FOIA cases filed between May 22, 2022 and May 28, 2022. 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. YAHOO INC. et al v. CENTRAL INTELLIGENCE AGENCY (filed May 25, 2022)
    Yahoo reporter Michael Isikoff submitted a FOIA request to the CIA. The agency denied Isikoff’s FOIA request. Isikoff filed an administrative appeal. After hearing nothing further from the agency, Isikoff filed suit. read more…
Jul 12 22

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 May 29, 2022 and June 4, 2022. 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 1:2015cv01392REPORTERS COMMITTEE FOR FREEDOM OF THE PRESS et al v. FEDERAL BUREAU OF INVESTIGATION et al

    • June 3, 2022: MEMORANDUM OPINION. Signed by Judge Richard J. Leon on 6/3/2022. (lcrjl2)
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Jul 12 22

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 May 22, 2022 and May 28, 2022. 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. CAN 4:2021cv00866Bioscience Advisors, Inc. v. United States Securities and Exchange Commission et al

    • May 24, 2022: ORDER by Judge Haywood S. Gilliam, Jr. Denying [57] Stipulation Regarding Leave to File Excess Pages. (ndr, COURT STAFF) (Filed on 5/24/2022)
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