Citizens United v. Department of Justice (Case No. 1:18-cv-01446)

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Today, on behalf of Citizens United, we filed a Complaint under the Freedom of Information Act against the Justice Department, seeking certain records relating to communications between former Assistant Attorney General for Legislative Affairs Peter Kadzik and former FBI agent Peter Strzok.  The case was filed in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia.

Citizens United v. State Department — CU Opposition to State’s Motion for 27 Month Delay

Michael Harless FOIA Law

In one of the FOIA cases we have filed for Citizens United seeking emails relating to Hillary Clinton’s time at the U.S. Department of State, today we filed an Opposition to State’s last minute effort to avoid compliance with the court-ordered schedule to produce documents that it itself had earlier proposed.  The State Department now wants the Court to allow it a remarkable 27 additional months to provide the requested documents.  Our proposed form of order is also attached. Read More

U.S. Justice Foundation FOIA Requests for All Withheld Portions of Congressional Report on 9-11

Michael Harless FOIA Law

Today, our firm filed three FOIA requests on behalf of the U.S. Justice
Foundation to the CIA, Department of State, and Department of Homeland
Security, seeking all redacted portions of the Congressional Joint
Report on the events of 9-11 issued in December 2002.

The joint report was issued by the Senate Select Committee on
Intelligence and House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence
entitled “Joint Inquiry Into Intelligence Community Activities Before
and After the Terrorist Attacks of September 11, 2001,” issued both as
S. Rept. No. 107-351 and H. Rept. No. 107-792 (107th Cong., 2d Sess.)
(December 2002). Read More

Order Granting TSCL Motion in Part in FOIA Case Seeking Documents on US/Mexico Totalization Agreement

Michael Harless FOIA Law, Litigation

On October 30, 2013, the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia ordered the disclosure of certain records relating to the U.S./Mexico Social Security Toatalization Agreement that we have been seeking for our client, The Senior Citizens League. Here is the Order and the Opinion.

A story about this decision appeared in Courthouse News Service entitled “Mexican Social Security Deal Files Face Release” on November 1, 2013. Read More

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.

Link to memorandum

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.

Our reply responds to the following ATF opposition and exhibits filed on August 9, 2012: 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.” Read More

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”:

Plaintiff’s Memorandum of Points and Authorities in Opposition to Defendant’s Motion for Summary Judgment Read More

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.”

Listen to more information about this lawsuit from a GATA roundtable on kingworldnews.com. Read More

Gold Anti-Trust Action Committee, Inc. FOIA Requests filed with Federal Reserve Board and Treasury Department

Michael Harless FOIA Law

Today, on behalf of GATA, we filed Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) Requests with the Federal Reserve Board and the U.S. Treasury Department seeking information on the nation’s gold stock — specifically, records since 1990 “gold swaps” reflected in the U.S. reserve assets, including any gold swaps entered into by the federal government with foreign countries and foreign banks.

Federal Reserve Board FOIA Request Read More