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Freedom of Information Act (FOIA)

Advocates for the West v. United States Department of Justice

A district court denied an environmental group's motion for summary judgment challenging DOJ's withholding of legal memos concerning the president's authority to shrink national monuments under the Antiquities Act. The group argued that...

Western Values Project v. U.S. Department of Justice

The D.C. Circuit granted in part and denied in part an environmental group's motion for summary judgment challenging DOJ's "Glomar response" refusing to confirm or deny the existence of the records requested. The group argued...

Lipton v. EPA

The D.C. Circuit denied a newspaper reporter's motion for partial summary judgment to require EPA to publish calendar entries of the EPA Administrator's activities. The reporter argued that the Agency violated FOIA's reading-room...

Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility v. Pruitt

A district court ordered EPA to comply with a FOIA request concerning the EPA Administrator's statement on TV that he did not believe human activity was a primary cause of climate change. Following his remarks, an environmental group...

Greenpeace v. Department of Homeland Security

A district court held that that the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) need not disclose information about certain chemical facilities per an environmental group's FOIA request. The group sought information regarding previously...

Hall & Assocs. v. Environmental Protection Agency

The D.C. Circuit held that EPA properly responded to a consultant's requests for information concerning the Agency's response to alleged scientific misconduct in tightening nitrogen requirements for the Great Bay Estuary in New...

Center for Biological Diversity v. United States Fish & Wildlife Service

A district court held that FWS must comply with a FOIA request for information from its Law Enforcement Management Information System (LEMIS), which, among other things, the agency uses to track species being imported or exported;...

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...

American Farm Bureau Federation v. U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

The Eighth Circuit reversed a lower court decision that livestock farm groups lacked standing to bar EPA from...

Animal Legal Defense Fund v. Food & Drug Administration

The Ninth Circuit held that FDA properly withheld certain information concerning egg-production farms in Texas that was requested by an animal rights group under FOIA. FOIA Exemption 4 applies to “trade secrets and commercial or...

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