CoA filed three separate FOIA requests to the FTC between 2011 and 2012 for documents pertaining to the agency’s internet advertising guidelines on endorsements regarding social media authors and bloggers. The FTC repeatedly denied not just CoA’s access to these documents, but also a public interest fee waiver as well as news media requestor status. The FTC’s decision could have a crippling effect on government transparency. CoA has appealed the District Court’s decision to side with the FTC to the United States District Court for the District of Columbia.

Court Documents: United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit

May 13, 2014: Amicus Briefs

Brief of Amici Curiae the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press et al., in Support of Appellant

  • Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press
  • First Amendment Coalition
  • Investigative Reporting Workshop at American University
  • National Press Photographers Association
  • National Public Radio, Inc.
  • North Jersey Media Group Inc.
  • The Seattle Times Company
  • Stephens Media LLC
  • The Washington Post

Brief of Amicus Curiae the Daily Caller News Foundation in Support of Appellant

May 9, 2014: Notice of Amici Curiae

Notice of Intention to Participate as Amici Curiae

  • Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press
  • First Amendment Coalition
  • Investigative Reporting Workshop at American University
  • National Press Photographers Association
  • National Public Radio, Inc.
  • North Jersey Media Group Inc.
  • Stephens Media LLC

Motion of Daily Caller for Leave to File a Brief Amicus Curiae in Support of Appellant Cause of Action

  • Daily Caller News Foundation

May 5, 2014: Opening Brief

Opening Brief

Addendum

December 13, 2013: Statement of Issues to be Raised

Statement of Issues to be Raised

November 12, 2013: Notice of Appeal

Notice of Appeal

Court Documents: United States District Court for the District of Columbia

August 19, 2013: Memorandum and Opinion of District Court

Memorandum and Opinion of District Court

January 25, 2013: FTC Reply in Support of its Motion for Summary Judgement

FTC Reply in Support of its Motion for Summary Judgement

November 18, 2012: CoA Opposition to FTC Motion for Summary Judgement

CoA Opposition to FTC Motion for Summary Judgement

September 28, 2012: FTC Motion for Summary Judgement

FTC Motion for Summary Judgement

May 25, 2012: Complaint

Complaint