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FOIA News: Law360 FOIA Roundup

FOIA News (2018)Kevin SchmidtComment

Law360 (subscription required) posted three separate FOIA stories tonight. Excerpts and links below:

ICE, CBP Hit With FOIA Suit Over Immigrant Arrest Records

By Suzanne Monyak, Law360, July 10, 2018

The American Immigration Council asked a D.C. federal court Monday to force U.S. Customs and Border Protection and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement to hand over their immigration enforcement records, claiming the agencies illegally failed to respond to the nonprofit’s Freedom of Information Act request.

The immigrant advocacy group said CBP and ICE haven't conducted an adequate search of their records in response to the council’s October request for information on the agencies’ apprehension and removal practices.

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DOJ Must Give Harvard FOIA Docs On For-Profit College

By Matthew Santoni, Law360, July 10, 2018

A Pennsylvania federal judge ruled Monday that the U.S. Department of Justice must turn over some of the documents a Harvard Law School legal clinic had sought from a whistleblower lawsuit over a struggling Pittsburgh-based for-profit college provider’s student recruitment and loan policies.

U.S. District Judge Nora Barry Fischer granted both the DOJ and the Harvard Project on Predatory Student Lending partial summary judgment in a dispute over the clinic's Freedom of Information Act request for a trove of materials the DOJ received through a False Claims Act case...

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IRS Denies Dragging Its Feet In Exxon Mobil FOIA Case

By Natalie Olivo, Law360, July 10, 2018

The Internal Revenue Service has hit back against Exxon Mobil’s Freedom of Information Act suit tied to the oil giant’s tax refund bid, recently telling a Texas federal court the company had no basis to accuse the agency of dragging its feet in releasing documents.

Exxon Mobil Corp. had asked the court to set a Nov. 30 deadline for the IRS to release additional records under the oil giant’s FOIA request...

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