Court Awards EPIC Attorneys' Fees in FOIA Case Against NSA

A federal district court has ordered the NSA to pay EPIC attorneys fees in a lawsuit that led to the the release of a presidential cybersecurity order. Back in 2009, EPIC requested National Security Presidential Directive 54, which concerns the NSA's domestic surveillance authority. After EPIC brought suit and then an appeal to the D.C. Circuit, the NSA finally released the document to EPIC. The agency then opposed EPIC's request for attorneys fees in the case. A federal court has now ruled that NSA's refusal to disclose the document was "incorrect as a matter of law," that EPIC had "substantially prevailed," and awarded EPIC more than $31,000 in fees.


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