CONTI FENN LAWRENCE

Freedom of Information Act and Open Records Law Litigation

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CFL represents clients in the State of Maryland and the District of Columbia in seeking public access to government information. CFL’s representation of its clients includes submitting FOIA requests to government agencies, and addressing through litigation the government’s withholding of records that are required to be produced. CFL has addressed through litigation disputes where government agencies have failed to conduct proper searches for the requested records, improperly withheld records, and/or failed to respond to FOIA requests.

Notable Engagements:

  • Fraternal Order of Police, Metropolitan Police Labor Committee v. The District of Columbia, 79 A.3d 347 (2013) (CFL demonstrated that government had failed to conduct an adequate search for records in response to a FOIA request; failed to timely respond to the FOIA request; and failed to support its withholdings of certain documents).
  • Fraternal Order of Police, Metropolitan Labor Committee v. The District of Columbia, 82 A.3d 803 (2014) (CFL demonstrated that its client was entitled to continue to challenge improper redactions of documents produced in response to a FOIA Request).
  • Obtained numerous documents for various clients in the course of discovery from government agencies leading to successful litigation results.
  • Fraternal Order of Police v. District of Columbia, Superior Court Civil Action No. 2005 CA 007011 B (CFL demonstrated that the government had improperly withheld thousands of pages of responsive documents and obtained an order compelling the government to produce the documents. CFL also obtained an attorneys’ fee award in the amount of $53,544.14).
  • The Fraternal Order of Police, Metropolitan Police Labor Committee v. The District of Columbia, Superior Court Civil Action No. 2008 CA 005557 B (CFL demonstrated that the government had improperly over-redacted documents and obtained an order compelling the government to re-produce the responsive documents without the improper redactions. CFL also obtained an attorneys’ fee award in the amount of $50,440.52).

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