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FOIA News: More on Exemption 4 SCOTUS case

FOIA News (2019)Allan BlutsteinComment

Supreme Court Grants Cert. In Case That May Re-Define Scope of FOIA Exemption 4’s For Proprietary Business Information

By John F. Zabriskie, Nat’l L. Rev., Jan. 29, 2019

In a case of interest to auto industry companies, the U.S. Supreme Court has granted a petition for a writ of certiorari in a case that will result in the high court’s first opinion interpreting Exemption 4 to the federal Freedom of Information Act (“FOIA”)—the exemption companies use most frequently to protect sensitive business information.  This case is of major interest to businesses, including those in the auto industry, because it could yield a blockbuster ruling easing the burden on businesses seeking to keep confidential their private information in the possession of the government. 

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