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Supreme Court Weighs a One-Strike Rule on FOIA Requests

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The U.S. Supreme Court heard oral arguments on whether a Freedom of Information Act request can be refused simply because an identical request has been unsuccessfully litigated, particularly if the requesters are associated in some way. The court in its questioning seemed to have doubts about the Federal Aviation Agency’s refusal to consider a request for records on a rare aircraft because it had denied and then litigated a similar request from a client of the requester. (4/16/08)