Justices To Consider FOIA's Exemption 4 In SNAP Grocer Row

By Dave Simpson (January 11, 2019, 10:06 PM EST) -- The U.S. Supreme Court agreed Friday to take up a grocery trade group's appeal claiming an Eighth Circuit decision that allowed a South Dakota newspaper to receive information on participating SNAP businesses requires a closer look at the Freedom of Information Act's Exemption Four.

The Food Marketing Institute claimed in its October petition that the Eighth Circuit ruling, which favored the Argus Leader newspaper, misunderstood the language of the FOIA statute and created "at least five different circuit splits."

The suit dates back to 2011, when the Argus Leader sued the U.S. Department of Agriculture, seeking data pertaining the Supplemental Nutrition...

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