Electronic Privacy Information Center v. The Federal Trade Commission

Freedom of Information Act Appeal


This is EPIC's administrative appeal of the denial of its Freedom of Information Request to make public documents relating to the role of the Jones Day law firm in the Google-Doubleclick merger review. During the FTC merger review, Jones Day publicly stated that it represented Doubleclick. After EPIC learned that Chairman Majoras’ spouse is a Jones Day partner, EPIC moved for the recusal of the FTC Chairman, and emphasized that recusal had occurred in other similar matters involving conflicts of interest with the Jones Day firm. However, Chairman Majoras participated in the Google-Doubleclick review and voted to approve the merger without conditions, despite privacy groups' warnings that the merger would threaten consumer privacy. This administrative appeal was denied, and EPIC has filed a lawsuit.

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Reference Info:Appellate Brief | Federal, D.C. Circuit, Federal Admin Agencies | United States

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