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Pentagon Loses Secrecy Bid

Federal Court Rejects Government Bid to Toss Suit, Sets Rare Trial in Freedom of Information Act Case

Business Wire, Mar. 11, 2019

On Friday, March 8, a federal judge rejected a bid by the Pentagon to squelch a lawsuit brought by the American Small Business League (“ASBL”) seeking to shed light on whether big defense contractors are giving a fair share of billions of dollars to small businesses.

The decision by U.S. District Court Judge William Alsup in San Francisco paves the way for a rare trial in a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) case. The ruling came just before the start of National Sunshine Week, March 10, which raises public awareness on Freedom of Information cases and the importance of holding public officials and government agencies accountable.

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Copy of decision here.