Skip Navigation
Court Case Tracker

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: May 19, 2021
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.

Documents