CoA Institute Sues White House Office of Management and Budget over Refusal to Update Outdated FOIA Fee Guidelines

Ensuring that FOIA fees are not improperly used to block agency oversight is one way that OMB can make a difference.

Cause of Action Sues Commerce Department for Failing to Release Section 232 Uranium Report

Commerce is flouting the publication requirements of both Section 232 and the Freedom of Information Act

FTC v. Qualcomm: FTC Oversteps its Section 13(b) Authority . . . Again

On August 30, 2019, Cause of Action Institute (CoA) filed an amicus brief in the Ninth Circuit in support of Qualcomm in FTC v. Qualcomm, Inc., No. 19-16122.  This unprecedented, highly controversial case of international importance represents FTC’s latest ultra vires attempt to expand its powers.  It does so here by seeking […]

FEC IG Report Leaves Weintraub Unchecked

In February 2017, Cause of Action Institute asked the Inspector General (“IG”) for the Federal Election Commission (“FEC”) to look into statements made by Commissioner Ellen Weintraub.  We recently obtained a copy of the IG’s report on the issue, clearing Commissioner Weintraub of wrongdoing. Although we disagree with the IG’s […]

Investigation Update: The VA continues to subject certain FOIA requests to “sensitive review,” but the agency is keeping records about the practice secret

Over the past year, Cause of Action Institute (“CoA Institute”) has been investigating the Department of Veterans Affairs for its continued politicization (here, here, and here) of the Freedom of Information Act (“FOIA”).  That politicization takes the form of “sensitive review,” which refers generally to the practice of giving certain […]

The EPA bypassed public comment on its new FOIA regulations, which raises some important legal questions

The Environmental Protection Agency (“EPA”) has long struggled with the politicization and abuse of its Freedom of Information Act (“FOIA”) processes.  Indeed, as Cause of Action Institute (“CoA Institute”) has repeatedly argued, the agency has a “terrible track record for anti-transparency behavior”—from the weaponization of fee waivers and the use […]

The D-Link Systems’ Consent Order Explained

On Tuesday, August 6, 2019, the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California entered a consent order between the Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) and D-Link Systems, Inc., a U.S. company that is a global leader in connectivity for home, small business, mid- to large-sized enterprise environments, and service […]