DC Circ. Clarifies FOIA Public-Interest, Media Fee Waivers
A three-judge panel for the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit recently rejected a lower court ruling under the Freedom of Information Act that had imposed burdensome requirements on a fledgling nonprofit’s eligibility for public-interest or news-media fee waivers.
The court of appeals’ decision in Cause of Action v. Federal Trade Commission — the first ruling in more than two decades to address the issue — will make it more difficult for agencies to deny fee waivers to the news media and other organizations serving the public’s interest. …
Court upholds broad FOIA fee exemption for media & groups
Advocacy groups and nontraditional news outlets should have an easier time avoiding fees under the Freedom of Information Act under a decision issued Tuesday by a federal appeals court in Washington.
The ruling from a three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit said the Federal Trade Commission and a district court had been too dismissive of fee waivers sought by a fledgling conservative group, Cause of Action, when it filed FOIA requests with the FTC. …
The ruling U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit (posted here)