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Rahim v Federal Bureau of Investigation, et al (CLOSED)

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Synopsis

Rahim v  FBI was a federal Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuit against the U.S. Department of Justice and the Federal Bureau of Investigation filed in the District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana on behalf of New Orleans community organizer and Common Ground Relief founder Malik Rahim. Common Ground Relief is a New Orleans relief organization that provided supplies and assistance in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.

The legal team on the case included co-counsel Davida Finger and Bill Quigley of Loyola University New Orleans College of Law Law Clinic, Julie Hurwitz and Bill Goodman from Goodman & Hurwitz, and New Orleans attorney Miles Swanson.

Status

Defendants' Motion for Summary Judgment was granted May 31, 2013.

Description

Rahim v  FBI is a federal Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuit against the U.S. Department of Justice and the Federal Bureau of Investigation filed in the District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana on behalf of New Orleans community organizer and Common Ground Relief founder Malik Rahim. Common Ground Relief is a New Orleans relief organization that provided supplies and assistance in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.

The lawsuit demands any records related to Common Ground co-founder Brandon Darby’s collaboration with the FBI during his involvement with Common Ground. Darby has presented himself as an FBI informant after infiltrating protest groups at the 2008 Republican National Convention. The lawsuit, filed in the District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana, follows repeated unsuccessful requests by Mr. Rahim to have the FBI release documents detailing warrantless surveillance that he and other activists might have been subject to while working alongside Darby.

Rahim and his lawyers have filed this lawsuit to enforce the government's obligations under the Freedom of Information Act to provide information to the public about government conduct. The requested information will shed light on the FBI and other law enforcement activities in New Orleans during the tumultuous months and years following Hurricane Katrina.

Timeline

Plantiffs filed their Complaint on November 16, 2011.

Defendants filed their Answer January 17, 2012.

Defendants' Motion for Summary Judgment granted May 31, 2013.