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Center for Auto Safety v. NHTSA (I)

Close Date: 04/30/2001
Topic(s): Government Transparency – FOIA
Status: closed
Citation: 244 F.3d 144 (DC Cir. 2001); 93 F.Supp. 2d 1
Date Of Involvement: 02/06/2001
Docket: 00-5128

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This case challenged claims by automobile manufactures that information that they provided to NHTSA, at NHTSA's request, for the agency to use in developing a new rule on air bag design constituted trade secrets and confidential commercial information. The briefs addressed the interpretation of Exemption 4 of FOIA. The court of appeals held that none of the information was trade secret, but that the information was confidential within the meaning of exemption 4 unless CAS could rebut the manufacturers' claims that they did not customarily dislcose it to the public.