The University of Missouri has reportedly settled a suit brought by Beagle Freedom Project over attorney fees from a 2015 case in which the University asked the nonprofit to pay over $80,000 to fulfill a freedom of information records request.
University of Missouri to Pay $175,000 in Attorney Fees to Beagle Freedom Project
Supreme Court Will Review Endangered Species Act FOIA Case
The Supreme Court announced it will review a petition from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the National Marine Fisheries Service seeking to reverse a court order to release documents from a species consultation process.
Food & Water Watch Accuses USDA of Obstruction of FOIA Requests
Food & Water Watch filed suit in federal court claiming that the United States Department of Agriculture has used “obstructionist tactics” in an attempt to avoid answering the organization’s Freedom of Information Act requests related to the agency’s New Swine Inspection System, a program that eliminates maximum slaughter line speeds and reduces government required inspection.
USDA Finalizes Update to Departmental FOIA Regulations
The United States Department of Agriculture has finalized a rule revising the department’s regulations regarding Freedom of Information Act requests. The new rule addresses the procedures both for submitting a request to the agency and that the agency follows when responding to the request. Among other changes, the rule announces that the agency will keep language that guides components of the agency when records need to be disclosed in reading rooms, but will not expand the guidance. The rule also codifies the Supreme Court’s ruling in Argus Leader, defining what is meant by “confidential” information in the context of Exemption 4 of the Act. The change is effective as of the date of publication, October 21, 2019.