Transparency and Litigation
Meaningful citizen participation depends on the public’s ability to access information. The Public Citizen Litigation Group works to increase government transparency, litigating more significant open government cases than any firm or organization in the country.
Freedom of Information Act (FOIA)
The Freedom of Information Act – often known by its acronym, FOIA – is a crucial tool that the public can use to access government documents. For decades, our attorneys have gone to court to ensure FOIA remains a robust remedy for citizens seeking information about government activities. We represent a wide variety of organizations, community groups, journalists, academics and other individuals seeking to obtain information under FOIA and other open government laws.
Other Government Transparency Statutes
Throughout our 40 years, we have worked to increase government transparency by litigating cases to enforce federal open government laws including the Federal Advisory Committee Act, the Presidential Records Act, and the Federal Records Act.
Open Court Proceedings and Challenges to Protective Orders
Our system of government has a long tradition of courts that are open to the public. Open courts discourage judicial corruption and help ensure that all parties receive fair treatment. In addition, court files often include evidence about risks to public health and safety that a party prefers to keep secret. To ensure that our courts remain open and accountable, Public Citizen resists efforts by courts and litigants to seal court files.
Required Regulatory Disclosures
To protect consumers or to provide them with information pertinent to the consumer choice, the government sometimes require companies to make certain disclosures about their products. In response to industry challenges, Public Citizen has filed amicus briefs on behalf of consumer groups and health groups to support these disclosure requirements.