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Exemption No. 5

Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility v. U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

A district court held that EPA's Office of Inspector General (OIG) need not turn over under FOIA certain documents concerning a potential violation of federal “revolving-door” prohibitions by a former member of the U.S. Chemical Safety...

Chesapeake Bay Found. v. Corps of Eng'rs

A district court denied the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers' motion to dismiss an environmental group's FOIA action seeking records pertaining to permits for development on two islands in the in the Magothy River, a tributary of the...

Goodrich Corp. v. EPA

A district court granted in part and denied in part cross-motions for summary judgment in a company's Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) suit seeking to compel the production of two Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) documents about...

Missouri Coalition for the Env't Found. v. Corps of Eng'rs

The Eighth Circuit remanded a lower court decision dismissing an environmental group's Freedom of Information Act request for certain documents prepared in connection with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers' (the Corps') Upper Mississippi...

Miccosukee Tribe of Indians of Fla. v. United States

The Eleventh Circuit held that a lower court erred by finding that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) conducted an adequate search in response to a Native American tribe's Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request for...

Edmonds Inst. v. Department of the Interior

A district court held that the U.S. Department of the Interior need not release certain documents to a nonprofit group relating to the National Park Service's (NPS') proposal to enter into "benefits sharing" agreements with private...

Reilly v. EPA

A court holds that certain documents relating to the Clean Air Mercury Rule (CAMR) are not exempt from disclosure under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA). The CAMR regulates mercury emissions from power plants nationwide. During the...

Judicial Watch v. Department of Energy

The court held that federal agencies may withhold from disclosure documents bearing upon the deliberative processes of the National Energy Policy Development Group (NEPDG) pursuant to the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) Exemption 5....

Maine v. Department of the Interior

The court holds that a district court properly ordered the U.S. Department of the Interior (DOI) and the U.S. Department of Commerce to disclose documents that the agencies argued were protected under either the attorney-client or work-...

Maine v. Department of the Interior

The court affirms in part and vacates in part a district court order requiring the U.S. Department of the Interior (DOI) to disclose to Maine certain documents relating to efforts to list Atlantic salmon in eight rivers in Maine as...