Related Documents: IRS Oversight

Proposed Rulemaking FOIA Request and Lawsuit

First Amended Complaint (February 20, 2014)

IRS Complaint (February 5, 2013) Lawsuit concerning proposed rulemaking

FOIA Request to IRS regarding communications with outside groups regarding the Notice of Proposed Rule Making

IRS FOIA Request (December 24, 2013)

Comment on IRS’s Guidance for Tax-Exempt Social Welfare Organizations

February 26, 2014 IRS Comment

IQA Petition, Meeting Request, and Request for Extension on Rulemaking all filed February 5, 2014

IRS Information Quality Act Petition – seeking clarification on how the IRS determined the burdens that nonprofits would face under the proposed rule

Request for Meeting with OIRA Administrator

Comment Extension Request – asking the IRS to extend the comment period for the proposed rulemaking until after the IRS produces in full documents in response to CoA’s FOIA request

Related Documents: Operation Choke Point

United States District Court for the District of Columbia

Community Financial Services Association of America v. FDIC

Amicus Brief written for the LIBRE Initiative (September 27, 2014)

Other Resources

U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Oversight and Government Reform

Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation’s Involvement in “Operation Choke Point” (December 8, 2014)

 The Department of Justice’s “Operation Choke Point”: Illegally Choking Off Legitimate Businesses?  (May 29, 2014)

Briefing Book: Federal Trade Commission v LabMD

LabMD Briefing Book by CauseOfAction

Related Documents: Fraud at the Chicago Transit Authority

United States District Court for the North District of Illinois Eastern Division

Memorandum of Points and Authorities in Opposition to Defendant’s Motion to Dismiss (May 22, 2014)

Defendant CTA’s Motion to Dismiss (March 13, 2014)

Complaint for Damages, Injunctive Relief, and Declaratory Judgment (May 8, 2012)



Related Documents: Cause of Action v. Federal Trade Commission

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.

United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit

CoA Reply Brief (September 24, 2014)

FTC Response Brief (August 7, 2014)

Brief of Amici Curiae the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press et al., in Support of Appellant (May 13, 2014)

Brief of Amicus Curiae the Daily Caller News Foundation in Support of Appellant (May 13, 2014)

Notice of Intention to Participate as Amici Curiae (May 9, 2014)

Motion of Daily Caller for Leave to File a Brief Amicus Curiae in Support of Appellant Cause of Action (May 9, 2014)

CoA Opening Brief  & Addendum (May 5, 2014)

Statement of Issues to be Raised (December 13, 2013)

Notice of Appeal (November 12, 2013)

United States District Court for the District of Columbia

Memorandum and Opinion of District Court (August 19, 2013)

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

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

FTC Motion for Summary Judgement (September 28, 2012)

CoA Complaint (May 25, 2012)

Original FOIA Request (Aug. 30, 2011)

Related Documents: John Nichols and Fuel Cell Energy v Jack Markell Governor of Delaware

United States District Court for the District of Delaware

April 17, 2014

Opinion & Order & (April 17, 2014)

Complaint (June 20, 2012)

Cause of Action Amicus Brief in Yates v. United States

Cause of Action filed a brief in support of Yates on February 5, 2014. More information on the case can be found at SCOTUSblog.

Cause of Action Amicus Brief in Yates v. U.S. by CauseOfAction