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January 25, 2018

Under Trump, a strained FOIA continues to show its seams
By Michael Morisy

Another predictable change: A spike in FOIA lawsuits. But the scope of that change was still startling, with a 26 percent jump in FOIA lawsuits compared to the year before Trump took office, according to The FOIA Project. That adds up to a 70 percent increase from just five years before, a remarkable jump. As the FOIA Project noted: This unprecedented increase was identified as a real crisis at a recent symposium convened at the Villanova University School of Law. The FOIA Projectís co-directors were asked to address the gathering in its opening session on the projectís findings. Representatives from media and advocacy organizations who were active FOIA litigants also brought their concerns to the forum.

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