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AFBF v. EPA

United States District Court for the District of Minnesota; Case No. 13-cv-01751

Case Summary: AFBF filed a lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the District of Minnesota in order to stop EPA from violating the privacy rights of farmers and ranchers by disclosing personal information in response to several pending Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests. AFBF asked the court for a temporary restraining order to swiftly enjoin EPA’s imminent release of personal information in response to the FOIA requests. More broadly, the lawsuit seeks to clarify the legal obligations of federal agencies to protect the privacy interests of citizens in response to FOIA requests. AFBF's goal is to make favorable law establishing that the privacy protections provided in FOIA’s “Exemption 6” extend to the name, personal home address, email and phone number of individual farm families. The National Pork Producers Council joined with AFBF in filing the lawsuit.
Importance to
Agricultural
Community:
To ensure that EPA and other federal agencies do not disclose personal information about farmers, ranchers and their families in response to FOIA requests.
AFBF Role: Plaintiff
Select Filings: 2014.08.15 AFBF Memorandum of Law in Support of Summary Judgment.pdf2014.01.10 Scheduling Order.pdf2013.07.10 Letter Withdrawing Motion for Temporary Restraining Order.pdf2013.07.05 AFBF Complaint.pdf2013.07.05 AFBF Motion for Temporary Restraining Order.pdf2013.07.05 AFBF Memorandum in Support of Temporary Restraining Order.pdf