MILWAUKEE (Legal Newsline) — A Wisconsin corporation is suing the U.S. Department of Justice for allegedly violating federal public records law.

Wisconsin Institute for Law & Liberty Inc. filed a complaint on February 21 in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Wisconsin, alleging that the defendant failed to provide requested documents in a timely manner. The documents were part of Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests into the Milwaukee Parental Choice Program. 

According to the complaint, the plaintiff alleges that it suffered damages as a result of being denied access to public records. The plaintiff claim that its FOIA request has been pending for 393 days despite the agency having 20 business days to decide if it will grant the request. The plaintiff holds the defendant responsible for allegedly failing to produce the records it requested.

The plaintiff seeks an order for the defendant to conduct a search of all responsive records, disclose records to the plaintiff, court costs, attorney's fees and any other relief the court deems proper. The plaintiff is represented by Richard M. Esenberg and Thomas C. Kamenick of Will Law in Milwaukee.

U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Wisconsin case number 2:17-cv-00229-NJ

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