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Freedom of Information Act (FOIA)

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...

Landmark Legal Foundation v. Environmental Protection Agency

A district court denied a conservative nonprofit advocacy group's motion for spoliation sanctions against EPA for its mishandling of the group's FOIA request, but nevertheless scolded the Agency for its conduct. Because the record does...

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

A district court held that livestock farm groups lack standing to bar EPA from releasing their members' personal information—including the physical address and other operational details about the farms—in response to environmental...

Appalachian Mountain Advocates, Inc. v. West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection

A West Virginia court held that the state's environmental agency violated FOIA when it denied an environmental group's request for all coal mining related discharge monitoring reports for the third and fourth quarters of 2013. The group...