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FOIA News: ICYMI, 9th Cir. rules that agencies can be compelled to post records online

FOIA News (2019)Allan BlutsteinComment

Ninth Circuit: Courts Can Force Feds to Put Records Online

By Nicholas Iovino, Courthouse News Serv., Aug. 30, 2019

In a decision that will expand the power of courts to make government agencies post information online, the Ninth Circuit this week reversed the dismissal of a lawsuit challenging the removal of animal welfare compliance data from a U.S. Department of Agriculture website.

“The decision from the Ninth Circuit is a major victory for public advocates using the Freedom of Information Act,” said Christopher Berry, senior staff attorney for plaintiff Animal Legal Defense Fund (ALDF).

ALDF and three other groups sued the USDA in 2017 after it abruptly pulled animal welfare compliance data offline, a move the plaintiffs say frustrates their missions to fight animal cruelty and monitor government enforcement.

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