DC Circuit Clarifies Public-Interest and News-Media Fee Waivers Under FOIA

A three-judge panel for the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit rejected a lower court ruling that imposed burdensome requirements on a fledgling nonprofit that prevented it from obtaining public-interest or news-media fee waivers under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA).

The Court of Appeals’ decision in Cause of Action v. Federal Trade Commission – the first ruling in more than two decades to address the issue – will make it more difficult for agencies to deny fee waivers to the news media and other organizations serving the public’s interest.  Continue>>>