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May 27, 2017

FOIA lawsuits hit 25-year high
By Emmanuel Martinez

The number of lawsuits filed against the federal government over access to records is at an all-time high, according to a report released Tuesday by the Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse, a federal information research center at Syracuse University. The clearinghouse’s data shows that 63 lawsuits were filed in April, the most in any month in the past 25 years, and May is on track to match or break April’s totals. “There’s indication that a lot of people are seeking records about current government policy and the fact that they are going to court means they don’t feel like they’ve gotten the records they need,” said Susan Long, co-director of TRAC.

Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse, Syracuse University
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