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Fair Lines America Foundation v. U.S. Dep’t of Commerce

The Fair Lines America Foundation filed a lawsuit against the U.S. Commerce Department and the U.S. Census Bureau under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) to compel the Census Bureau to release records concerning institutional living facilities and other housing facilities counted in the group quarters operation for the 2020 Census. The case is pending in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia.

Last Updated: March 8, 2022
Published: May 19, 2021

Fair Lines America Foundation v. U.S. Dep’t of Commerce

Summary

The Fair Lines Amer­ica Found­a­tion filed a lawsuit against the U.S. Commerce Depart­ment and the U.S. Census Bureau under the Free­dom of Inform­a­tion Act (FOIA) to compel the Census Bureau to release records concern­ing insti­tu­tional living facil­it­ies and other hous­ing facil­it­ies coun­ted in the group quar­ters oper­a­tion for the 2020 Census. The case is pending in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia.

Case Back­ground

The Fair Lines Amer­ica Found­a­tion is suing the U.S. Commerce Depart­ment and the U.S. Census Bureau under the FOIA to compel produc­tion of internal records concern­ing the count­ing of group quar­ters for the 2020 Census. The plaintiff is seek­ing records related to how the Covid-19 pandemic affected the count­ing of insti­tu­tional living facil­it­ies or other hous­ing facil­it­ies in the 2020 Census and the poten­tial impact the group-quar­ters count may have had on the over­all state popu­la­tion tabu­la­tions.

The plaintiffs are asking the court for injunct­ive and declar­at­ory relief to compel the Census Bureau to disclose the group quar­ters popu­la­tion data and other reques­ted records.

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