Saturday, January 28th, 2017

Court Awards $321,000 in EAJA Fees in Long-Running FOIA Case

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Kip Evan Steinberg writes: "In a case I litigated pro bono for five years concerning the government’s failure to provide evidence of my client’s alleged “false testimony” in a naturalization case, the district court has awarded $321,000 in attorneys’ fees under the FOIA.  The Court said that “Defendants’ delays and withholding may not have been in good faith” and “the evidence suggests its actions teeter on the edge of obduracy.”  In the underlying case, the Court had found that USCIS  improperly withheld non-exempt documents; engaged in a pattern and practice of violating FOIA’s time limit provisions; and promulgated Track Three FOIA processing in violation of the Mayock Settlement Agreement and the APA.  The Court issued a permanent