USTR Mishandled Green Groups' FOIA Request: 9th Circ.

Law360, New York (September 16, 2011, 7:45 PM EDT) -- The Ninth Circuit on Friday overturned a lower court's judgment that the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative had adequately complied with a Freedom of Information Act request lodged by environmental groups seeking information on the U.S.-Canada softwood lumber agreement.

The appeals court said the USTR had not conducted an adequate search for documents in response to the Center for Biological Diversity and Conservation Northwest's request for details about how funds were handed out to so-called meritorious initiatives under the trade deal. In a nonprecedential memorandum...
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