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Case Number: 1:18-CV-1368
Judge: Carl J. Nichols
Court: United States District Court for the District of Columbia (Washington County)
Defendant's Attorney: Jason Lynch, Jordan Landrum Von Bokern, Michael Patrick Clendenen
Description: Washington, DC: Civil litigation lawyers represented the Plaintiff who sued the Defendants on failure to comply with the Freedom of Information Act.
"This case involves twenty-two Freedom of Information Act (“FOIA”) requests that Jimmy Tobias submitted to the United States Department of the Interior. See generally Compl., ECF No. 1. Tobias sought records related to then-Secretary Ryan Zinke's activities, as well as those of other senior officials and staff. Id. On December 9, 2020, Defendant advised that, after producing “approximately 1, 020 pages” of responsive records, it had finished processing Tobias's requests.
"The Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) is a federal law that gives the public the right to request records from any federal agency. The FOIA was passed in 1966 and has been amended several times since then.
The FOIA applies to all federal agencies, including the executive branch, the legislative branch, and the judicial branch. It does not apply to state or local governments.
Under the FOIA, you can request any record that is created or maintained by a federal agency. This includes records in electronic format, such as emails and computer files.
To make a FOIA request, you must submit a written request to the agency that maintains the records you are seeking. The request must be reasonably described. This means that you must provide enough information so that the agency can identify the records you are seeking.
The agency must respond to your FOIA request within 20 days. If the agency cannot respond within 20 days, it must give you a reason for the delay and a date by which it will respond.
The agency may charge you a fee for copying the records you request. However, the fee cannot be more than the actual cost of copying the records.
The agency may deny your FOIA request if the records are exempt from disclosure under the FOIA. The FOIA has nine exemptions that protect certain types of information, such as national security information, personal privacy information, and law enforcement information.
If your FOIA request is denied, you can appeal the denial to the agency's chief FOIA officer. You can also file a lawsuit in federal court to challenge the denial."
Outcome: STIPULATION of Dismissal by JIMMY TOBIAS. (Wayne, Merrick) (Entered: 08/22/2023)