Independence Institute v. Federal Election Commission

Michael Harless Election Law, U. S. District Court, District of Columbia

Today, our firm filed an amicus brief in support of The Independence Institute, in its challenge to certain federal election law and Federal Election Commission regulations governing electioneering communications.  Under these regulations, Section 501(c)(3) organizations must report on their broadcast issue ads which mention the name of incumbent Congressmen.  The required reports include certain information on donors to the nonprofit organizations.  Our brief explains why these laws and regulations violate First Amendment principles of anonymity long recognized by the U.S. Supreme Court.

GOF v. ATF Plaintiff’s Memorandum of Points and Authorities in Opposition to Defendant’s Motion for Open America Stay in the United States District Court for the District of Columbia

Michael Harless Firearms Law, FOIA Law, Litigation, U. S. District Court, District of Columbia

Today our firm filed Plaintiff’s Memorandum of Points and Authorities in Opposition to Defendant’s Motion for Open America Stay in the case ofGun Owners Foundation v. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives on behalf of plaintiff Gun Owners Foundation in the United States District Court for the District of Columbia.

GOF v. ATF Plaintiff’s Reply to Defendant’s Opposition to Plaintiff’s Motion for Partial Judgment on the Pleadings in the United States District Court for the District of Columbia

Michael Harless FOIA Law, Litigation, U. S. District Court, District of Columbia

Today our firm filed Plaintiff’s Reply to Defendant’s Opposition to Plaintiff’s Motion for Partial Judgment on the Pleadings in the case of Gun Owners Foundation v. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives on behalf of plaintiff Gun Owners Foundation in the United States District Court for the District of Columbia. Read More

GOF v. ATF Plaintiff’s Motion for Partial Judgment on the Pleadings in the United States District Court for the District of Columbia

Michael Harless Firearms Law, FOIA Law, Litigation, U. S. District Court, District of Columbia

Today our firm filed Plaintiff’s Motion for Partial Judgment on the Pleadings in the case of Gun Owners Foundation v. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives on behalf of plaintiff Gun Owners Foundation in the United States District Court for the District of Columbia. We filed the motion because the Government failed to respond to GOF’s FOIA request for 15 months, until this suit was filed, and then admitted it had asserted no specific exemptions. Read More

Gun Owners Foundation Files Suit to Obtain ATF Fast & Furious Records

Michael Harless Firearms Law, FOIA Law, Litigation, U. S. District Court, District of Columbia

On June 6, 2012, on behalf of Gun Owners Foundation, our firm filed a lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia. The suit stemmed from an April, 2011 Freedom of Information Act request in which GOF sought records pertaining to the infamous “Fast and Furious” and program where ATF federal agents deliberately and incomprehensibly put firearms directly into the hands of Mexican drug cartels. Read More

Court Order in Gold Anti-Trust Action Committee, Inc.’s Freedom of Information Act Lawsuit

Michael Harless FOIA Law, Litigation, U. S. District Court, District of Columbia

Today, the United States District Court for the District of Columbia ordered the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System to produce to the court for in camera inspection redacted and unredacted copies of 20 documents by January 14, 2011, in this Freedom of Information Act lawsuit by Gold Anti-Trust Action Committee, Inc. arising from requests for records beginning in 2007 relating to “gold swaps.”

Reply Comments Filed in Gold Anti-Trust Action Committee, Inc.’s Freedom of Information Act Lawsuit

Michael Harless FOIA Law, Litigation, U. S. District Court, District of Columbia

On December 22, 2010, our firm filed Plaintiff’s Reply to Defendant’s Opposition to Plaintiff’s Motion for In Camera Review and Limited Discovery in the United States District Court for the District of Columbia on behalf of Gold Anti-Trust Action Committee, Inc. in this Freedom of Information Act lawsuit arising from requests for records beginning in 2007 from the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System relating to “gold swaps.” Read More

Documents Filed in Gold Anti-Trust Action Committee, Inc.’s Freedom of Information Act Lawsuit

Michael Harless FOIA Law, Litigation, U. S. District Court, District of Columbia

Today, our firm filed the following documents in the United States District Court for the District of Columbia on behalf of Gold Anti-Trust Action Committee, Inc. (“GATA”) in this Freedom of Information Act lawsuit arising from requests for records beginning in 2007 from the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System relating to “gold swaps”: Read More

Daniel Chapter One Motion to Dismiss and Opposition to Government’s Motion for Preliminary Injunction

Michael Harless Health Law, Litigation, U. S. District Court, District of Columbia

Gold Anti-Trust Action Committee, Inc.’s Freedom of Information Act Complaints Filed

Michael Harless FOIA Law, Litigation, U. S. District Court, District of Columbia

Today, we filed a Freedom of Information Act complaint against the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System, also known as the Federal Reserve Board, in the United States District Court for the District of Columbia. The complaints arise from requests for records made by Gold Anti-Trust Action Committee, Inc. (“GATA”) beginning in 2007 relating to “gold swaps.” Read More

Social Security Totalization Agreement: TSCL’s Freedom of Information Act Complaints Filed

Michael Harless FOIA Law, Litigation, U. S. District Court, District of Columbia

On June 29, 2006, we filed Freedom of Information Act complaints against both the United States Department of State and the Social Security Administration in the United States District Court for the District of Columbia.  The complaints arise from requests for records made by TSCL beginning in 2003 relating to the Social Security Totalization Agreement which the United States Government has negotiated and signed with the government of Mexico, but which has not been presented to Congress or released publicly. Read More

Lawsuit Filed To Challenge Legitimacy of FEC

Michael Harless Election Law, U. S. District Court, District of Columbia

Today, our firm filed a lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia against the Federal Election Commission (FEC) on behalf of Congressman Ron Paul (R-Texas), Gun Owners of America, Inc., Gun Owners of America Political Victory Fund, Real Campaign Reform.org, Inc., Citizens United, Citizens United Political Victory Fund, Carla Howell, Libertarian Party candidate for Governor of Massachusetts, and Michael Cloud, Libertarian Party candidate for U.S. Senate from Massachusetts. Read More