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FOIA News: 14 Years Later, BOP Settles FOIA Lawsuit

FOIA News (2017)Ryan MulveyComment

Fourteen Years After Being Sued, Bureau of Prisons Finally Settles FOIA Lawsuit

Tim Cushing, TechDirt, May 9, 2017

A little less than two years ago, we covered Prison Legal News' FOIA lawsuit against the Bureau of Prisons. While we're aware litigation is seldom a swift process, PLN's ongoing lawsuit was particularly epic: twelve years after filing its initial requests for records covering a period from 1996-2003, the DC Appeals Court reversed the lower court's decision in favor of the US BOP and instructed it to order the government to hand over the requested records to PLN.

Two years after that ruling -- fourteen years after PLN sued -- the government is finally settling the case. The government Taxpayers will be paying out nearly a half-million dollars for more than a decade of government stonewalling and obfuscatory litigation.

Read more here.