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U.S. Supreme Court Agrees to Hear Important FOIA Case Brought by Baker Botts on Behalf of the Food Marketing Institute


Baker Botts is delighted to announce that the U.S. Supreme Court today granted a petition for a writ of certiorari filed by the Food Marketing Institute, the firm's client. The case involves Exemption 4 of the Freedom of Information Act, which protects from disclosure confidential commercial information, and presents the Court its first opportunity to address what data qualifies as "confidential." The firm is honored to represent FMI and looks forward to presenting its position on the merits: that Exemption 4's plain text prevents the disclosure of commercially sensitive data that companies keep confidential.

The Baker Botts team representing FMI includes Gavin Villareal, Thomas R. Phillips, Evan Young, and Scott Keller (Austin partners) and Stephanie Cagniart, Ellen Springer, and Grayson McDaniel (Austin associates).

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